Affective bordering

Race, deservingness and the emotional politics of migration control

By Dr Billy Holzberg

Affective bordering
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  • ISBN: 9781526172303
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7230-3
    • Pages: 208
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: July 2024
    • Series: Rethinking Borders


    Affective Bordering is an incisive exploration of the emotional politics of migration and borders. Billy Holzberg dives into the intricate interplay between emotions and migration governance, revealing how emotions work to reinforce racial, sexual, and national hierarchies. Examining pivotal events in Germany during the aftermath of the misnamed 'refugee crisis' in Germany, the book traces the construction of different emotions during key events of this period. Challenging the assumption that positive emotions like hope and empathy necessarily work as a counter to negative emotions like anger or fear, Affective Bordering reveals the racial grammars of deservingness that shape border governance today. Bringing together queer feminist theories of affect with postcolonial border and migration studies, the book offers a thought-provoking perspective on the reproduction and contestation of borders in today's world.


    Introduction: Affective bordering and the racial grammars of deservingness
    1 Hope: 'Wir schaffen das' beyond the humanitarian border
    2 Empathy: Affective solidarity and the limits of German welcome culture
    3 Anger: The sexual politics of resentment after New Year's in Cologne
    4 Shame: Public shaming in the shadow of Holocaust guilt
    5 Fear: Great replacement ideologies as paranoid border politics
    Conclusion: Shifting grammars of affective bordering


    Billy Holzberg is Assistant Professor of Social Justice at King's College London

    Affective bordering

    By Dr Billy Holzberg

    Hardcover £85.00 / $130.00

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