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Border and Rule

Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

Harsha Walia Robin D.G. Kelley Nick Estes



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Haymarket Books
19 April 2021
In Border and Rule, one of North America's foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizers delivers an unflinching examination of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation.

breaks through American exceptionalist and liberal responses to the migration crisis and cogently maps the lucrative connections between state violence, capitalism, and right-wing nationalism around the world.

Illuminating the brutal mechanics of state formation, Walia exposes US border policy as a product of violent territorial expansion, settler-colonialism, enslavement, and gendered racial exclusion. Further, she compellingly details how Fortress Europe and White Australia are using immigration diplomacy and externalized borders to maintain a colonial present, how temporary labor migration in the Arab Gulf states and Canada is central to citizenship regulation and labor control, and far-right nationalism is escalating deadly violence in the US, Israel, India, the Philippines, Brazil, and across Europe, while producing a disaster of statelessness for millions elsewhere.

is a clarion call for revolution. The book includes a foreword from renowned scholar Robin D. G. Kelley and an afterword from acclaimed activist-academic Nick Estes.
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Imprint:   Haymarket Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 139mm, 
ISBN:   9781642592696
ISBN 10:   1642592692
Pages:   320
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword by Robin D. G. Kelley Introduction Part 1: Displacement Crisis Not Border Crisis Chapter 1: Historic Entanglements of US Border Formation Chapter 2: US Wars Abroad, Wars at Home Chapter 3: Dispossession, Deprivation, Displacement: Reframing the Migration Crisis Part 2: Illegals and Undesirables : The Criminalization of Migration Chapter 4: Bordering Regimes Chapter 5: Australia and the Pacific Solution Chapter 6: Fortress Europe Part 3: Capitalist Globalization and Insourcing of Migrant Labor Chapter 7: Model of Temporary Labor Migration Chapter 8: The Kafala System in the Gulf States Chapter 9: Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada Part 4: Making Race, Mobilizing Racist Nationalisms Chapter 10: Mapping the Global Far Right and the Crisis of Statelessness Chapter 11: Refusing Reactionary Nationalisms Conclusion Afterword by Nick Estes

Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013). Trained in the law, she is a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements, including No One Is Illegal and Women's Memorial March Committee.

Reviews for Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

Harsha Walia doesn't peddle easy solutions or liberal bromides. She has a knack for going to the root of our planetary crises and explaining how we arrived here, and what to do about it. Those of us who have been reading and following her for years expect nothing less. She is not only one of North America's most brilliant thinkers, she is also an organizer who has devoted her life to fighting racial capitalism, colonialism, militarism, xenophobia, patriarchy, and defending the rights of migrants, Indigenous people, women, and the unhoused. This book is a shock to the system. -Robin D. G. Kelley, from the Foreword In Walia's expert hands, the planet's sprawling borderlands are exposed as capitalism's gaping wounds, filled with escalating terror and torment as whiteness ferociously seeks to defend its imagined boundaries. This is a book of unsparing truth and dazzling ambition, providing readers with desperately needed intellectual ammunition to confront the inherent violence of borders. An enormous contribution to our movements. -Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything This indispensable, deeply researched, and beautifully written book is the first and most in-depth global analysis of borders and immigration, wars and displacement, imperialism and western white nationalism. Always with her ear to the ground and paying close attention to the people whose lives are wrecked or lost, Walia demands action and offers real solutions. -Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Harsha Walia's deeply thoughtful and well-written book makes creative connections that other writers have preferred to ignore. It offers a lucid, insightful survey of the most difficult political issues that we face. -Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic Read Harsha Walia and your understanding of the world will shift. This book is a comprehensive demolition of the borders that divide us and a deft takedown of the myth of the nation. Through a range of case-studies, Walia reveals overarching patterns of exclusion and exploitation, criss-crossing the globe to make a brave, deeply learned, and utterly convincing for radical solidarity. With cries of build a wall ringing out and ethno-nationalism gaining steam, Walia's critical intervention couldn't be better timed. -Astra Taylor, author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone In this exceptional book, Harsha Walia takes us on a stunning and terrifying tour of the Great Wall of Capitalism, the border killing zone where viral fascism feeds on the bodies of the poor and persecuted. Hell is already here. -Mike Davis, co-author of Set the Night on Fire Border and Rule provides a kaleidoscopic expose, painstaking analysis, and damning indictment of the border regimes that are generating and fueling anti-migrant brutality and state violence on an international scale. Harsha Walia is relentless in drilling into, detailing, and cataloguing the array of processes, players, policies, and ideologies that uphold systems of border imperialism-while simultaneously mapping-out for us an understanding of how we can disrupt and dismantle them. -Justin Akers Chacon, co-author of No One Is Illegal Confused about how we got to this point? Harsha Walia explains clearly and concisely the multiple forces causing global poverty and displacement-and the resistance and organizing around the world. Walia provides a historical analysis of policies that have cut down people's well-being and driven poverty, violence, terror and mass migration, and highlights the myriad forms of resistance and organizing that are all-too-often invisiblized. An excellent explanation of borders, migration and the exploitative systems that produce both. -Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars We know that borders are violence. We know that violence numbs our collective imagination. We know that imagination is a muscle that must be exercised daily to prevent atrophy. This book is the workout. Border and Rule works us. With rigor, precision, and care, Harsha Walia pushes us beyond false solutions, rainbow imperialisms, and exclusionary projections. What a privilege to think with her, to build movement muscle for a world free of borders. -Shailja Patel, author of Migritude Harsha Walia's decades of visionary leadership in border abolition and migrant justice work, along with her relentless intellectual rigor, is apparent in this immensely important book, arriving right when we need it most. As governments lock down borders, mobilizations against policing reach new peaks, economic crisis worsens, and climate change accelerates, we desperately need this book if we hope to build a nuanced analysis of what we are facing and what kinds of transformation are necessary. Walia deftly exposes the inadequacy of liberal responses to the current crises, paving the way for a deeper understanding of the conditions we are facing and meaningful avenues for resistance. Walia's deeply researched, crystal clear text creates a robust toolbox for comprehending the current crises and assessing resistance strategies. This book is invaluable right now, a must-read for anyone working to dismantle prisons and borders, end poverty and war. -Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid

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