Bordering intimacy: Postcolonial governance and the policing of family life

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Publication details

DatePublished - Mar 2020
Number of pages312
PublisherManchester University Press
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781526146946
ISBN (Print)9781526146960

Publication series

NameTheory for a Global Age


Bordering intimacy explores the interconnected role of borders and dominant forms of family intimacy in the governance of postcolonial states. Combining a historical investigation with postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the book reveals how the border policies of the British and other European empires have been reinvented for the twenty-first century through appeals to protect and sustain 'family life' - appeals that serve to justify and obfuscate the continued organisation of racialised violence. The book examines the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government, including family visa regimes, the policing of 'sham marriages', counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics and integration policy.

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