The Sexual Politics of Border Control conceptualises sexuality as a method of bordering and uncovers how sexuality operates as a key site for the containment, capture and regulation of movement. By bringing together queer scholarship on borders and migration with the rich archive of feminist, Black, Indigenous and critical border perspectives, it highlights how the heteronormativity of the border intersects with the larger dynamics of racial capitalism, imperialism and settler colonialism, reproductive inequalities and the containment of contagion, disease and virality.
Transnational in focus, the book includes contributions from and about different geopolitical contexts including histories of HIV in Turkey, the politics of reproduction in Palestine/Israel, settler colonialism and anti-Blackness in the United States, the sexual geographies of the Balkan and Southern Europe, the intimate politics of marriage migration between Vietnam and Canada and sex work in Australia, the United States, France and New Zealand. This collection constitutes a key intervention in the study of border and migration that highlights the crucial role that sexual politics play in the reproduction and contestation of national border regimes.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Table of Contents
1. The sexual politics of border control: an introduction
Billy Holzberg, Anouk Madörin and Michelle Pfeifer
2. Radical sovereignty, rhetorical borders, and the everyday decolonial praxis of Indigenous peoplehood and Two-Spirit reclamation
Ian Khara Ellasante
3. Blackness, biopolitics, borders: African immigration, racialization, and the limits of American exceptionalism
Brenda N. Sanya
4. Borderlands of reproduction: bodies, borders, and assisted reproductive technologies in Israel/Palestine
5. "We’re dating after marriage": transformative effects of performing intimacy in Vietnamese "marriage fraud" arrangements
6. Border panic over the pandemic: mediated anxieties about migrant sex workers and queers during the AIDS crises in Turkey
7. Migration, sex work and trafficking: the racialized bordering politics of sexual humanitarianism
Nicola Mai, P.G. Macioti, Calum Bennachie, Anne E. Fehrenbacher, Calogero Giametta, Heidi Hoefinger and Jennifer Musto
8. Predatory porn, sex work and solidarity at borders
9. Sexuality and borders in right wing times: a conversation
Alyosxa Tudor and Miriam Ticktin
10. Afterword – Entangled politics: borderscapes and sexuality
Radha S. Hegde
Billy Holzberg is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Social Justice at King’s College London. Billy’s current research examines the role that emotions play in the reproduction and contestation of the European border regime. His research interests include theories of affect and emotion, gender and sexuality, postcolonialism, racialisation, critical migration and border studies, and the politics of representation.
Anouk Madörin is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam. Anouk researches the surveillance and security architecture of the European Border Regime from a postcolonial perspective. Her research interests include visual and digital culture, media theory, postcolonialism, border studies, racial capitalism, the history of technology and gender and sexuality.
Michelle Pfeifer is doctoral candidate at the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Michelle’s research examines the role of media technologies in the formation, practices, affects and operations of European border regimes. Michelle’s research interests include (digital) media studies, sound studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical border studies.