Week 9

borders and migration

Key Questions

  • How did nation-state borders emerge coterminously with capitalism?

  • What are the causes of displacement? How are capitalism, imperialism, and (neo)colonialism implicated?

  • How do border regimes guarantee capital accumulation through stratification, segmentation, and segregation? How does criminalization bolster border regimes?

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Given the global crisis of displacement wrought by capitalist imperialism, many advocate for open borders. How can an open borders politics be contrasted with a no borders or border abolitionist politics? What are the flaws of an open borders politics? Write down a list of the ways in which these positions are materially different from one another, then consider how the horizon of border abolition can be worked toward.