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This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.

Australians in Guantanamo Bay: Gradations of Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging
Australians in guantanamo bay: Gradations of citizenship and the politics of belonging

Australia has been one of the key US allies in the war in Iraq. In this context, the Australian–US relationship has been the subject of heated debate and politicking, which range from accusations that Australia's Prime Minister is ‘the lap dog of President Bush’ (Reynolds 2003) to President Bush's semi-humourous, controversial call that Australia is the United States' ‘deputy sheriff’ in the South East Asian region (Kelly 2003).1 For the Australian government, the War on Terror has been a major device through which Australia's place in the world is imagined and it has responded to the new geopolitical realities of the post-9/11 ...

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