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Border Abolition Now

Border Abolition Now

Edited by Sara Riva, Simon Campbell, Brian Whitener and Kathryn Medien

Introduction to the theory and praxis of Border Abolition, drawing on the perspectives of migrants and those resisting in detention, camps and asylum regimes

'Outstanding ... A rich, hopeful guide that shows us how the world could be borderless, flourishing, free' - Luke de Noronha, co-author, Against Borders

Borders must be abolished. Borders produce and are produced by carceral, racist, classist, sexist, and xenophobic regimes. Border Abolition Now demands transformative politics to dismantle these systems of oppression.

Taking the key tenets of abolitionism and applying them to the debate around borders, the contributors bring a rich understanding of the history and context of carceral and policing systems. Heralding from different countries, disciplines, and activist struggles, they show how their theories are being realized through feminist decolonial praxis, and how personal experiences of borders and organizing against them inform abolition.

Expanding the debate to areas including asylum, detention camps, mobility, and climate change, Border Abolition Now offers new tools for anyone working to defend freedom of movement for all.

Sara Riva is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Queensland. She is a feminist whose research looks at the intersections of neoliberalism, migration, humanitarianism and the border. Her work has been published in the Journal of Citizenship Studies, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Geopolitics and Journal of Refugee Studies.

Simon Campbell is an activist-researcher focusing on border infrastructures, state violence and abolitionist struggles against the border regime. In recent years, Simon has been part of a number of solidarity groups engaged in documenting pushbacks at European borders, including the Border Violence Monitoring Network. He is reading a joint MA in South Eastern European Studies at the University of Belgrade and University of Graz.

Brian Whitener is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University at Buffalo and author of Crisis Cultures: The Rise of Finance in Mexico and Brazil. His other projects include The 90s; De gente común: Prácticas estéticas y rebeldía social, co-edited with Lorena Méndez and Fernando Fuentes; and the translation of Grupo de Arte Callejero's Thoughts, Practices, and Actions with the Mareada Translation Collective.

Kathryn Medien is a Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University. Her research draws on feminist and anti-colonial social theory to explore the colonial and imperial politics of state violence and resistance to it. She has been published in the Sociological Review, Theory, Culture and Society, Current Sociology and the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

'This groundbreaking collection shows us, analytically and in practice, how no borders and prison and police abolition are shared political projects. It is learning at its most powerful, reframing thinking and activism with the aim of building justice. A must read.'

- Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, University of Bristol

'This outstanding collection of essays provides a rich, hopeful, and indispensable guide to border abolition. Written by and for thinkers, dreamers and organisers, this book shows us how the world could be otherwise: borderless, flourishing, free.'

- Luke de Noronha, co-author, Against Borders: The Case For Abolition

'This is an urgent and necessary book to get us from the multiple crises we face to a world made for all. It documents the violence of immigration regimes and border controls while also shining a ray of light to guide us on our paths to a better way of living with one another.'

- Nandita Sharma, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, co-founder of Eating in Public

Introduction by Sara Riva, Simon Campbell, Brian Whitener, and Kathryn Medien
1. Women in Exile’s story by Elizabeth Ngari and Doris Dede
2. Unfolding and flourishing: strategies of border abolition feminism by Leah Cowan, Francesca Esposito, Sarah Hopwood, Aminata Kalokoh, Vânia Martins, and Elahe Zivardar
3. Surplus people of the world unite! On borders, policing, and abolition by Vanessa E. Thompson
4. #AbolishICE, #AbolishFrontex, abolish borders: toward an abolitionist border study and struggle by Josue David Cisneros
5. Interview with Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
6. The place of asylum and empire in contemporary abolition by Jenna M. Loyd
7. Abolition, not relocation: moving from humanitarian containment toward camp abolition by Simon Campbell
8. “Alternatives to detention” and the carceral state in the UK by Lauren Cape-Davenhill
9. Golden Gulag in Italy? For the abolition of the receptionindustrial complex by Francesco Marchi
10. Abolish Frontex and end the EU Border regime by Mark Akkerman
11. “Shut them down”: non-reformist reforms in anti-detention organizing by Helen Brewer, Tom Kemp, Bobby Phe Amis, and Joel White
12. Abolitionist potential and ambivalences in daily struggles against the border regime by Watch the Med – Alarm Phone
13. Capitalism, mobility, and racialization: abolitionisms at the border by Brian Whitener
14. Rising waters from New York City to Pakistan: abolitionist organizing at the intersection of immigration justice and the climate crisis by Vignesh Ramachandran and Akash Singh
15. Interview with Contra Viento y Marea, El Comedor Comunitario 
Afterword by Gracie Mae Bradley

Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2024
Paperback ISBN: 9780745348988
eBook ISBN: 9780745348995

140mm x 216mm