Race, Gender, and Nation in an Age of Shifting Borders: The Unstable Prisms of Motherhood and Masculinity
31 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2019 Last revised: 28 May 2021
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.
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