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Racism and Borders

Representation, Repression, Resistance

Racism and Borders by Jeff Shantz
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While policies like SB 1070, Arizona?s now infamous immigration legislation, have raised issues of racial profiling and policing practices, there have been few detailed analyses of broader practices of racialization and racism at borders more extensively.

Some works have focused specifically upon profiling, without looking at varied processes of racialization. In addition, most studies of border controls have examined the US context, while few have looked at racism and racialization and borders in multinational contexts as the current work does.

The work provides analyses of constructions of race and repressive border policies and examines critically larger policy questions in the context of neoliberal governance practices. It can serve as a primary or supplementary text for university courses in Criminology, Sociology, Politics, Geography, Cultural Studies and International Affairs. Beyond academia, it provides a useful resource for civil liberties and human rights groups, advocacy movements and community organizations supporting immigrants and refugees as well as those representing members of racialized non-migrant communities in diverse contexts.

The Editor's introduction examines the historical and recent contexts of racial profiling and resistance to profiling, especially since 9/11 and the war on terror. Chapters contributed by scholars from a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and institutions explore the problem of "the Other," the power and means of defining "territory," gender, the treatment of indigenous peoples, and the active and passive ways in which those in the dominant group step over, obliterate, abuse and turn a blind eye to all other groups. In contrast, Graciela Susana Boruszko discusses the concept of "hospitality" -- calling upon each of us to "make room for the other" and asserting that "divergent perspectives do not call for reconciliation but to remain standing at ease, side by side, while we disagree on that issue."

It is a work that will provide a rich resource for those interested in issues of border controls and migration beyond the din of mainstream media discussions. It will be of value to academics and researchers on border and migration issues as well as community advocates dealing with the issues everyday on the front lines.
Algora Publishing; January 2010
ISBN 9780875868097
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Title: Racism and Borders
Author: Jeff Shantz
Millions of Americans are now routinely profiled through secret surveillance and fast drift-net data mining operations conducted by the FBI and NSA with the complicity of private telecom companies. This ?total information awareness" program illustrates on a society-wide scale the betrayal of the social contract heretofore experienced only by minority populations. The philosophical implications of this Hobbesian turn bode even worse for democracy. A government proactively searching for enemies, rather than operating deductively from actionable intelligence, creates a climate of fear and paranoia and undermines civil society. Just as racially biased enforcement compromises community policing, a government that regards its own citizens is a pool of potential enemies rather than constituents, is fundamentally undemocratic.
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