Space as place

Space, or the spatiality of being, has no meaning unless it is understood as place – space as existence for Dasein. In quarantine, the Dasein of internees takes on a sense of urgency in its thrownness (Geworfenheit) in the extraordinary being-in-the-world (In-der-Welt-sein) that the quarantined state of being demands of them in the form of spatio-temporal regimentation. In the history of Australian quarantine as it relates to immigration, this regimentation was never purely medical, but was determined also by the contemporary politics of class, gender and race. 


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