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Parution : 02/2020
Editeur : Manchester University Press
ISBN : 978-1-5261-4542-0
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Bordering Britain

Law, race and empire

Nadine El-Enany

Présentation de l'éditeur

(B)ordering Britain argues that Britain is the spoils of empire, its immigration law is colonial violence and irregular immigration is anti-colonial resistance. In announcing itself as postcolonial through immigration and nationality laws passed in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Britain cut itself off symbolically and physically from its colonies and the Commonwealth, taking with it what it had plundered. This imperial vanishing act cast Britain's colonial history into the shadows. The British Empire, about which Britons know little, can be remembered fondly as a moment of past glory, as a gift once given to the world. Meanwhile immigration laws are justified on the basis that they keep the undeserving hordes out. In fact, immigration laws are acts of colonial seizure and violence. They obstruct the vast majority of racialised people from accessing colonial wealth amassed in the course of colonial conquest. Regardless of what the law, media and political discourse dictate, people with personal, ancestral or geographical links to colonialism, or those existing under the weight of its legacy of race and racism, have every right to come to Britain and take back what is theirs.

Nadine El-Enany has written for numerous publications including the Guardian, Media Diversified, Left Foot Forward and Critical Legal Thinking. She recently co-edited After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response. Nadine is Senior Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law.

 

Sommaire

Preface 
Introduction: Britain as the spoils of empire 
1 Bordering and ordering 
2 Aliens: immigration law's racial architecture 
3 Subjects and citizens: cordoning off colonial spoils 
4 Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: predictable arrivals
5 European citizens and third country nationals: Europe's colonial embrace
Conclusion: 'Go home' as an invitation to stay

312 pages.  £20.00

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