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Postcolonial governance and the policing of family
Author: Joe Turner

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.

Daniela Cutas and Anna Smajdor

. These legal measures have not been extended in the same way to the case of same-sex married couples. Furthermore, the child’s ‘right to know’ her genetic origins, which features as a core argument for transitioning from anonymous to non-anonymous gamete donation in many countries, has not persuaded legislators that children who are born to married couples via sexual reproduction should also be aware of who their genetic father is (Ravelingien and Pennings 2013). These assumptions indicate that biological relationships are subservient to the nuclear family in the eyes

in The freedom of scientific research
The case of mitochondrial transfer
Iain Brassington

5 Freedom, law, politics, genes: the case of mitochondrial transfer Iain Brassington In early 2015, the UK became the first country to make explicit legal provision for the use of mitochondrial transfer techniques leading to a live human birth. Mitochondrial transfer offers a means to prevent mitochondrial illnesses being passed from a mother to her children, as they would be inevitably without the process. Two methods are possible: maternal spindle transfer, and pronuclear transfer. In both, nuclear material is removed from a cell that has faulty mitochondria

in The freedom of scientific research
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Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith

government was a shared burden in the New Hebrides, heavy French investment ensured that its interests dominated the colonial economy (Scarr, 2001: 201). Metaphors and mirages of Polynesia stoked Gallic Romanticism, even while they condensed the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. French administration brought regimentation to cultural identity, but also a trans-​territorial economic sphere that fostered a nexus of exchange. Nuclear testing is seen by many in the region as the incarnation of colonial power and a techno-​cultural manifestation of France

in Debating civilisations
Jane Humphries

previously been undertaken in households. Of these, firms, the specialist units of production, were the most important. Differentiation drew a line between the household and economic activity. Kinship relations also undergo functional specialisation, becoming dominated by a system of small nuclear family units. The modern ‘thin’ family was adapted to the need for social and geographical mobility. The primary responsibility for household support came to rest on the male head, the ‘breadwinner’, whose ‘job’ linked the family to the economy from which it had become separated

in Making work more equal
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Simona Giordano, John Harris, and Lucio Piccirillo

human embryos. A heated debate followed regarding the likely repercussion upon the development of regenerative medicine. Marco Cappato, in Part II of this volume (Chapter 12), discusses the international reaction to ‘human cloning’ (more properly, cell nuclear transfer) following the announcement of the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1997. In response to the virtually unanimous ban on ‘human cloning’, and on the restrictions imposed all over the world upon stem cell research and, 4 Freedom of science: promises and hazards consequently, upon regenerative medicine, the

in The freedom of scientific research
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Tony Fitzpatrick

rather than information per se, but the aim is to construct an approach that resists these kind of priorities. Some expect biotechnology to supplant the petrochemical and nuclear industries as the industry of the twenty-first century (Rifkin, 1998). If so, then before we can begin to yield the benefits of this technology we must prepare to avoid the accompanying dangers. Yet what are those dangers? For welfare egalitarians, the key danger is that the biological reductionism which often seems to be driving the technology shifts attention away from social explanations of

in After the new social democracy
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

a debate conducted in 2012 around a poem published by the celebrated German novelist Günter Grass, ‘ Was Gesagt Werden Muß ’ (‘What Must Be Said’). 12 Christine Achinger recounts that most German critics did not claim the poem was antisemitic but criticised Grass for maintaining that Israel was threatening a nuclear attack on Iran that would ‘extinguish the Iranian people’, that Israel was a threat to world peace while President Ahmadinejad of Iran was

in Antisemitism and the left
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Simona Giordano, John Harris, and Lucio Piccirillo

. 144 Freedom of science and the need for regulation The need for regulation springs from an apprehension that is legitimate; but, as we shall see, it is legitimate only to an extent. The discovery of the crimes committed by the Nazis in various concentration camps, not only against Jewish people but against many other groups, and the uncovering of similar crimes committed by seemingly reputable scientists in other countries, has marked science as suspect or even inherently dangerous. The involvement of physicists in the invention of nuclear power, which has then

in The freedom of scientific research