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Globalisation and border dynamics : impacts on the urban development of Darwin, Australia

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Jiaping WuJiaping Wu, Hilary WinchesterHilary Winchester
National boundaries and border cities have been transformed globally. This is partly due to neoliberal globalisation, the continuous formation of a ‘borderless world’ and partly to the global ‘war on terror’. Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory (NT), is on the northern coast of Australia, bordering its overseas Asian neighbours. Far away from the main Australian population centres in the south, the city grows slowly, relying mainly on Australian government investments, infrastructure, and the incorporation of defence programs in the north. The rise of Asia, as well as Australia’s increasing economic reliance on Asia, has created new opportunities for Darwin’s growth. The development of Asian economies has resulted in growing global investment in resource extraction in NT. Asia, though, has been seen as a key threat in the modern history of Australia. This national sensitivity is underpinned by the global ‘war on terror’ in which Australia is deeply involved. Australia has tight border control regimes and a growing military presence on the northern border area. This paper examines how these co-existing but contradictory dynamics have reshaped the urban development of Darwin City. The consequential social and spatial patterns are identified and discussed.

History

Volume

46

Issue

2

Start Page

255

End Page

270

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

1465-3311

ISSN

0004-9182

Location

London, UK

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute; School of Education and the Arts (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian geographer.