Offshore Detention in Australia: Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (2018)

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Abstract

This article focuses on the “Pacific Solution,” the Australian national policy
of controlling illegal migration by detaining refugees in Immigrant Detention Centres in offshore Pacific islands of Manus and Nauru, and the human rights issues it raises. It efers to Behrouz Boochani’s prize-winning refugee memoir, No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (2018) as both a prison narrative of resilience and a politically resistant text, and it discusses Boochani’s representation of Manus Detention camp as “The Kyriarchal System” in terms of Foucault’s “monstrous heterotopia.” The article emphasises the issues of accountability and responsibility in the bilateral governance arrangements of the Manus Detention Centre between Australia and Papua New Guinea,
and considers the possibility of more humane detention practices in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)163-183
Number of pages21
JournalAnglica
Volume30
Issue number3
Early online date9 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Manus Island,
  • Behrouz Boochani
  • Pacific Solution
  • deterrence systems,
  • Immigration Detention Centres
  • Australia
  • offshore regional processing

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