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Postcolonial governance and the policing of family
Author: Joe Turner

Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.

Critique and utopia in Benita Parry’s thought
Laura Chrisman

thinking of Parry’s account of Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea, in particular, her persuasive analysis of the black character Christophine as ‘the possessor and practitioner of an alternative tradition challenging imperialism’s authorized system of knowledge’ (p. 39). In ascribing radical agency to Christophine, Benita Parry also ascribes radical agency to her author. Parry is suggesting, in other words, that texts produced by non-black writers such as Rhys can respectfully represent ‘alterity’, and can recognise racially disenfranchised populations as the creators

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Joe Turner

. Here we are shown, for instance, how capital circulations and dispossession binds plantation slavery in Jamaica to pastoral England and the ‘family home’. Rochester’s household is ultimately sustained by Bertha’s presence, not merely symbolically but materially. Plantation slavery in Jamaica underpins the wealth of the manor house. We learn from Jean Rhys’s retelling of Bertha’s story in Wide Sargasso Sea ([1966] 2000) that Bertha had ‘money’. She is the embodied connection of this structural link to Jamaica and the dispossessive suffering of slavery that continues

in Bordering intimacy