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Deepening Divides

Deepening Divides

How Territorial Borders and Social Boundaries Delineate our World

Edited by Didier Fassin

Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society

A non-Eurocentric, interdisciplinary collection arguing that boundaries and borders are best understood as overlapping categories.

At a glance, 'borders' and 'boundaries' may seem synonymous. But in the real (geopolitical) world, they coexist as distinct, albeit overlapping entities: the former a state's delimitation of territory; the latter the social delineation of differences.

The refugee crisis in Europe showed how racial and ethnic boundaries are often instrumentalised to justify the strengthening of state borders - regardless of the cost in human life. But there are other, less tragic, examples that illustrate this overlapping as well, and ultimately demonstrate that the oft-differentiated spheres of borders and boundaries are best understood through their relationship to one another.

Deepening Divides explores this relationship from many distinct perspectives and national contexts, with case studies covering five continents and drawing on anthropology, gender studies, law, political science and sociology for a truly interdisciplinary collection.

Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is the author of numerous books including The Will to Punish (2018), Life: A Critical Users Manual (2018), Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (2016) and Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing.

'This volume is the first to bring together two distinct phenomena usually studied in separate strands of research: how migration regimes police the territorial boundaries of states, and how differentiating between and discriminating against minority groups creates social boundaries within states. An important and timely intellectual move' - Andreas Wimmer, author of 'Ethnic Boundary Making: Institutions, Networks, Power'

'This is a splendid collection of essays that illustrates how racial, gender and class-based discrimination is instrumental to the justification of the state's right to exclude. With case studies from five continents and genuinely interdisciplinary contributions, this volume is an indispensable theoretical and political tool for reflecting on migration and territorial rights in the 21st century' - Lea Ypi, author of 'Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency'

Introduction: Connecting Borders and Boundaries - Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study, USA)
Part I: Political and Moral Economies
1. What Money Can Buy: Citizenship by Investment on a Global Scale - Kristin Surak (SOAS, UK)
2. Monitoring International Labor Precarity: The State Management of Migrant Domestic Workers - Rhacel Parrenas (University of Southern California, USA)
3. When Migrants Claim Blood Kinship: Establishing Hierarchies of Human Worth - Ayse Parla (Boston University, USA)
4. Family Resemblances: Bi-National Marriage, Muslim Communalism, and the Patriarchal State - Mayanthi Fernando (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
Part II: Dividing by Law
5. An Earlier Ban: Chinese Exclusion and the Plenary Power - Mae Ngai (Columbia University, USA)
6. Prior to the Muslims: The Hindu Ban and The Etiquette of Exclusion - Sherally Munshi (Georgetown University, USA)
7. Brave New Worlds: The Racial Regimes of the Americas - Michael Hanchard (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
8. Governing Lives: Admission, Law, Borders - Tugba Basaran (University of Cambridge, UK)
Part III: Creating Spaces
9. Protection: Sanctuary and the Contested Ethics of Presence in the United States - Linda Bosniak (Rutgers Law School, USA)
10. Ruination and Rebuilding: The Precarious Place of a Border Town in Gaza - Ilana Feldman (George Washington University, USA)
11. Symmetry and Affinity: Comparing Borders and Border-Making Processes in Africa - Paul Nugent (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Published by Pluto Press in Dec 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340432
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340425

272 pages

135mm x 215mm