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 a powerful exploration of the emotional politics of borders that demonstrates how racial and national boundaries are secured through the political mobilisation and unequal distribution of affect. Examining key events in the wake of the 'refugee crisis' in Germany, it traces how the initial hope and empathy of the long summer of migration of 2015 gave way to national anger, fear and shamelessness in the years following. Challenging the assumption that positive emotions like compassion necessarily work as a counter to negative emotions like anger or fear, the book reveals the racial grammars of deservingness that shape border governance today. Combining queer feminist theories of affect with postcolonial border and migration studies, Affective bordering offers a thought-provoking perspective on 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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