Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire - Manchester University Press (Paperback)Nadine El-Enany (author)
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 18 mm
'(B)ordering Britain is a hugely significant study that undertakes the urgent task of situating controversial topics such as migration and asylum within the larger history of empire and race. Powerfully written and knowledgeable, it brilliantly illuminates the links between colonialism, dispossession, poverty, racism, immigration and law, challenging familiar assumptions and complacent narratives about British imperial history as it does so. El-Enany demonstrates a fluent command of both law and history, at the intersection of which emerge the much-misunderstood and frequently mythologized figures of the "migrant", the "refugee", and the "asylum-seeker." Essential reading for anyone interested in how imperial history shapes the present.Priyamvada Gopal, author of Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial resistance and British dissent'One of our best hopes for intervening in colonialism as an ongoing project is to identify how that project has shaped and continues to shape our world. This book does just that. Through a careful analysis of British immigration law, Nadine El-Enany shows us not only how legal categories are racial categories but also how legacies of the British empire are “felt viscerally across the world.” This book is powerful and necessary, timely and urgent, clear and cogent. Highly recommended to anyone interested in unlearning colonial legacies.'Sara Ahmed, author of What’s the use and Living a feminist life'Shattering the dominant narrative that the British empire is something of the past, (B)ordering Britain tells the uncomfortable truth: colonialism is a condition that is thriving today. El-Enany offers a powerful legal critique of Britain’s immigration laws, which deny colonised subjects land and resources whilst exploiting the few they let in for the nation’s own economic advantage. Bravely speaking in terms of reparation rather than refuge, El-Enany’s book is as much a blueprint for racial justice across the globe as it is a forensic investigation into its racialised infrastructure.'David Lammy MP'Colonialism never really ends. The formerly colonized remain the targets of imperial power long after their lands have been looted. The concentration of wealth in the hands of white elites demands no less. (B)ordering Britain tells the legal story of an unbroken colonization where citizenship itself is the structure created to maintain the racial lines of colonial and capitalist accumulation. Close the gates, slow the exodus from the colonies to a trickle, and keep those who made it in under conditions of precarity: this is the basis of immigration and asylum law. El-Enany fearlessly tracks the imperial line in law from the first immigration and asylum laws to the Windrush Affair and Brexit. A timely and compelling book.' Sherene H. Razack, Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair, the University of California at Los Angeles'This book's meticulous analysis of the racism that underpins UK immigration regimes is a searing indictment of British government policy, past and present. It is a hugely important contribution to understanding the relation between immigration and race, and a must read for students and scholars of migration.'Bridget Anderson, Director of the Bristol Institute on Migration and Mobility Studies and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship'El-Enany’s erudite account of the colonial divisions and violence which contemporary immigration laws enact sets a new bar for future research on Britain’s Immigration and nationality laws.'Patricia Tuitt, Legal Academic, patriciatuitt.com, author of Race, Law and Resistance‘A supreme piece of demystification, which takes aim at one of the most prevalent and insidious errors of thought in modern times.’Morning Star'(B)ordering Britain is a bold and meticulous study of how contemporary Britain is the spoils of the empire. The book makes you sit up and take stock of what we may quite naively regard as the bygone empire, to be indeed the driving force of all the riches and wealth in present-day Britain. This is nothing short of a revolutionary stand, because the author retrieves the silences within law and tacit acceptances of colonial discrimination faced by racialized minorities in the UK, in everyday life – at the physical borders where they face scrutiny, or the heavy hand of an ever changing immigration system that fall disproportionately on racialized migrants.'Ethnic and Racial Studies'(B)ordering Britain is a timely and valuable contribution to an impressive line of work on citizenship and immigration law and their relationship with the meaning of British-ness.'Rieko Karatani, Journal of British Studies'The message of this book is that migration and immigration laws need to be understood in the historical context of British and European colonialism.'Sadie Chana, Patterns of Prejudice, 54(5)'The book's historical account of the role of migration law in defining British identity makes a key contribution to the existing literature. In addition, it also explains more recent trends and perspectives on immigration. The book will be most useful for students of law or those involved in immigration law, though policy-makers and the wider public might also benefit from its insights. Overall, El-Enany's argument has one important implication for Britain's future: although the country's postcolonial multicultural identity is not as ordered or justified as we like to think it is, it still presents a worthwhile and exciting goal.'David Lawrence, International Affairs, Volume 98, Issue 6 - .
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