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Re-reading Borders and Migration: Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Nation-State

Crawford, Stephen (2018) Re-reading Borders and Migration: Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Nation-State. Brief Encounters, 2 (1). pp. 13-25. ISSN 2514-0612. (doi:10.24134/be.v2i1.92) (KAR id:65983)


Migration and borders have been placed at the centre of recent political movements. Populist right-wing candidates in countries throughout Europe and in the US have built momentum by demonising migrants and calling for the institution of strong borders. Much of this political rhetoric is driven by agendas of cultural preservation and domestic prioritising of so called indigenous national populations. The maintenance and preservation of the home country is privileged above any consideration of wider humanity. The concept of the nation-state, with its inherent notion of borders, seem embedded in these ideas. By looking beyond the conventional arena of state theorising – law, politics, international relations etc. – can a new perspective be found to move past this impasse? Using Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash this article seeks to find a new conceptual position from which to consider prevailing narratives surrounding borders and migration. Attempting to conceive of an alternative way to frame questions stemming from considerations of national identity and geographic space, especially from the perspective of the central legal document to these processes, the constitution.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.24134/be.v2i1.92
Uncontrolled keywords: Borders and Migration, Law and Literature, Law and Humanities, Constitution
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship. The Humanities
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Stephen Crawford
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2018 15:06 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:28 UTC
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