Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.
… the atavistic other in a neocolonialist gesture that
… disguises colonialist imperatives’.33
As I have already pointed out, however, Southern Africa has played a
prominent, if academically underrecognised, role in British self-imaging,
or ‘worlding’.34 And so the operations are simply not a demonic othering,
the casting of the country as the racist embodiment of all that ‘liberal’
Britain is not. Instead they combine British nostalgia for its own early
twentieth-century domination in Southern Africa together with a striking
disavowal of its own agency in the
inclusion and exclusion and the subjective
geographies of necessary separation.
Continuously being remade, the construction of territorial division
encapsulates distinct, eulogised and communally devoted places, circumscribed by their very difference from the territorial ‘other’. An understanding
of the mechanisms through which the ethnic other is excluded and the
‘home territory’ cast as pure and uncontaminated are essential to comprehending conflict and conflict resolution.23 A devotion to community
underpins the casting of the ‘other’ community as treacherous
for helpful suggestions. I also thank Ken, my partner, who helped me
to translate this text.
2 The exogamy is possible only for Muslim males.
3 i.e. Jews and Christians.
4 This phrase can be translated from Arabic as ‘Islam home’.
5 Benkheira (1995) suggests that ‘halal meat’ in the Maghreb is meaningless
because there is no need to identify it as ‘halal’.
6 In order to meet standards of safety, hygiene and animal welfare in the case of
ritual slaughter, EC Directive 93/119/EC requires the use of a restraining pen or
7 In the kosher case, after ritual
maintenance of temporal regularity in our daily lives. It is these temporal regularities that I
wish to observe, casting a critical light on how and why they are taken for granted.
My discussion examines this path in relational terms, through which the process of
becoming single and the transition from “normative” to “late” singlehood is produced
by socio-temporal truth statements. Thus, the stages of singlehood—or more specifically what I term as singlehood career, drawing on Goffman’s use of the term—come
into existence through a hegemonic temporal gaze. Throughout this
Transgressing the cordon sanitaire: understanding the English Defence League as a social movement
casting of its objectives in the language of human rights
and the assertions by its critics that the group is ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’.
The interpretivist approach – which seeks to know the social world through
understanding the meanings actors ascribe to it – underpinning the research
conducted for this book would provide epistemological justification for taking
a similar position to Bartlett, Birdwell and Littler or, indeed, adopting the
self-ascription of the object of study. The political implications of simply accepting the EDL’s description of itself as a
Contesting the meaning of the 2015 refugee crisis in Sweden
dangerous consequence of successfully casting immigration in general, and
asylum seekers in particular, as a fundamental threat to sovereignty or
national security, or both – namely the rise of immigration alarmism. I
discuss how immigration alarmism made visible the power imbalances
between local, regional, and national governance.
Epistemological statism: the ‘basic fact’ of the crisis and its contexts
There is extensive historical research on what an event is and how it can be
explained. Regardless of the philosophy of history one adheres to, there are
few today who
Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy
A ‘private place’? Changing meanings of
the countryside in northern Italy
The relationship between official discourses and the ways they are understood at
different levels of the national community is one of the most intriguing issues in
the social sciences. The study of competing discourses about the countryside in late
modernity provides an opportunity for casting light on such relationship, and this
chapter sets out to explore how meanings attached to the Italian countryside are
affected by changing political ideologies, most
Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith
social relations. Malinowski’s ethnography examined islander reciprocity in isolation from other exchange circuits. Since Mauss explores the manifold nature of
exchange by comparing different networks and their interactions, thereby casting reciprocity into a comparative frame, his model warrants further remarks.
Mauss’s anthropology shows that exchange mediates non-commodified relations in intra-civilisational relations. His ethnographies of gifting boost understanding of the importance of exchange and the complexity of cosmologically
constituted notions of