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Unravelling Woomera: lip sewing, morphology and dystopia

Julie Wolfram Cox (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Stella Minahan (Monash University, Caulfield East, Australia)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



Presents a gendered interpretation of reports of protests in 2000‐2002 among asylum seekers held at Australia's recently closed Woomera Detention Centre, discussing instances of lip sewing that evoked strong reaction from the Australian Government, people and press. Suggests that an Irigarayan gendered reading of lip sewing assists in understanding these examples of self‐harm, supplementing feminist readings of craft, and calling attention to local enactments of gender in both refugee studies and in organizational development and change.



Wolfram Cox, J. and Minahan, S. (2004), "Unravelling Woomera: lip sewing, morphology and dystopia", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 292-301.



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