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(B)ordering Britain

Law, Race and Empire

By: Nadine El-Enany
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Published: 28-11-2019
Format: EPUB eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 208
ISBN: 9781509917792
Imprint: Hart Publishing
RRP: £59.40
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About (B)ordering Britain

(B)ordering Britain provides a race critical reading of British immigration and asylum law, arguing that it must be understood in the context of Britain's colonial identity and history. Britain's relationship and fluctuating commitment to its empire was a major driving force behind legal change in the field of immigration and asylum. Immigration law serves to cordon off Britain, the place where colonial spoils are located, from the historically dispossessed. Law is also the primary means of recognition for those seeking legal status. (B)ordering Britain thus offers a critique of law and the politics of recognition in the context migration. It considers the lasting effects of Britain's colonial history, from its shaping of immigration and asylum law, to the impact on people seeking entry to Britain and on its fraught relationship with the European Union.


“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 is the Director of the Bristol Institute on Migration and Mobility Studies and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship..,

“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 is a Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair, the University of California at Los Angeles.,

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