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.
visualise and thus
make territory and people amenable to being governed. This worked
both in terms of representing absences and producing places as familiar.
The means of capturing still images as ‘objective truths’ could be used
to reduce the complexity of social life into simple generalisations. To
Mitchell (2000: 6–10), the colonial gaze was not always about taking
pictures of the ‘East’ but instead making the East into a picture. Photography was a vital aspect of the culturaleconomy of imperialism,
from travelogues and commercial photojournalism to postcards and