Re: [-empyre-] Under the Beach

Well my last post obviously got held up in my outbox for a couple of days to become completely irrelevant and repetitive of what others said, sorry about that.

While I'm a fan of Angela's work and this piece has many aspects of interest (the sham of the egalitarianism of Australian beach culture being very well expressed) I'd be curious to hear more on ways the "sedition"/"neoliberal globalisation" couplet can be questioned. I'm interested in the extent to which the governments mobilising nationalist sentiment through sedition laws are reflecting a resistance to elite cosmopolitanism that is a function contemporary globalisation (the rich urban coastal fringes of the settler societies). In that respect, I wonder whether a focus on flexible labour practices and transnational capital is the kind of political imaginary where many of us are more comfortable, rather than the more fraught affective domain of colonial-national psychology (a world where art seems to have more leverage than political theory).




On 10/02/2006, at 12:13 PM, Ryan Griffis wrote:

just read an article by Angela Mitropoulos on Mute regarding last year's "race riots" in Cronulla
i don't remember seeing this posted here yet, but i apologize if i missed it.
She discusses the relationship between racist policies and recent anti-terror laws, and goes on to incorporate economic structures ("flexibilization") as well:
"On the third day of rioting, the NSW Premier announced emergency laws to give police, among other measures, the power to ‘lockdown’ those beachside suburbs under threat. This was, he declared, a ‘war’ and the state would ‘not be found wanting in the use of force’. And so the task of the Cronulla pogrom was more smoothly accomplished by the police acting as border guards, refusing entry to the beaches to those who could not prove that they belonged there. The ‘lockdown’ laws, in summary, allow the state to remove entire suburbs from the ostensibly normal functioning of the law for periods of 48 hours. Among other things, and within the designated ‘lockdown’ zone, the laws remove the presumption of bail for riot and affray, allow for the area to be cordoned off to prevent vehicles and people from entering it, empower police to stop and search people and vehicles without warrant or the standard criterion of suspicion, and to seize cars and mobile phones for up to a week.
In some respects, this could be viewed as a sequel to the so-called ‘anti-terror’ laws; recast here as an explicit attempt to reterritorialise the ‘moving mêlée’ – as one journalist described those engaged in the retaliatory riots."
This article also reminded me of Francesca da Rimini's text in the last Sarai Reader...
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