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Despite claims about globalization, we see increasing surveillance, tightened restrictions and growing punitive regimes at international borders.
This critical collection examines processes of racialization in relation to border regulations and restrictions. It analyses border controls, racism, and representations of race, within multinational contexts as aspects of neo-liberal governance. It also looks at means by which people resist or challenge racialization.
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.
Using the lenses of sociology, criminology, art, literary criticism and political science, the work critically examines varied processes of racialization, criminalization and resistance in relation to borders in the current period, and provides analyses of constructions of race and repressive border policies, beyond profiling, within multinational contexts. 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.
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Jeff Shantz, the editor, teaches critical theory, elite deviance, community and human rights in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Metro Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of the book Living Anarchy: Theory and Practice in Anarchist Movements. His writings have appeared in leading international journals including Critical Sociology, Critique of Anthropology, Feminist Review and New Politics as well as numerous anthologies. A longtime community organizer, he has been a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and host of the weekly "Anti-Poverty Report" on radio stations CHRY and CKLN in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Shantz received his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.Review:
"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." Excerpt from Chapter 1. --Prof. Michael Kilburn
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