Race, Gender, and Nation in an Age of Shifting Borders

Posted: 22 Feb 2019 Last revised: 4 May 2019

Date Written: February 21, 2019


The contributions that critical race theory scholars have made to the literature on nation, borders, and sovereignty have become even more salient in the Age of Trump. However, what remains undertheorized is how gender intersects with race in the legal construction of nation and borders today. In particular, this essay analyzes two common tropes in the current immigration debate – the “criminal” and the “welfare cheat” –not only to demonstrate how these narratives have been used to justify restrictive immigration law and policy, but also how they are used to reinforce and even shift legal constructions of nationhood and borders as both raced and gendered.

Suggested Citation

Powell, Catherine, Race, Gender, and Nation in an Age of Shifting Borders (February 21, 2019). Forthcoming, 2019, UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3339362. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3339362

Catherine Powell (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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