Against Borders: The Case for Abolition (Paperback)
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A powerful manifesto for a world without borders from two immigration policy experts and activists
Borders harm all of us: they must be abolished.
Borders divide workers and families, fuel racial division, and reinforce global disparities. They encourage the expansion of technologies of surveillance and control, which impact migrants and citizens both.
Bradley and de Noronha tell what should by now be a simple truth: borders are not only at the edges of national territory, in airports, or at border walls. Borders are everyday and everywhere; they follow people around and get between us, and disrupt our collective safety, freedom and flourishing.
Against Borders is a passionate manifesto for border abolition, arguing that we must transform society and our relationships to one another, and build a world in which everyone has the freedom to move and to stay.
About the Author
Gracie Mae Bradley is a founding member of the grassroots Against Borders for Children campaign and former Director of civil liberties NGO Liberty. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, OpenDemocracy, VICE, gal-dem, Labour List, Media Diversified, and Consented magazine. Her publications include ‘A Portrait of the Colonised’, in EUROTRASH, published in 2016 by Merve Verlag, and ‘From Grenfell to Windrush’ in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response, published in 2019 by Pluto Press.
Luke de Noronha is an academic and writer working at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre, University College London. His first book, Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica was published in 2020, and he was one of the co-authors of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (2021). He has also produced a podcast with deported people in Jamaica, Deportation Discs.
“Against Borders demonstrates the clarifying power of applying abolitionist politics to the issue of borders. In doing so, it achieves a rare unity of theory and practice, combining profound analysis with pointers to radical action.”
“The arguments in this elegant and powerful book are entirely reasonable and pragmatic and yet utterly revolutionary, proposing an abolitionist political imagination and a horizon of liberation.”
“A book that invites us to dream of a reconfigured world where the borders between nation states no longer control and define us.”
“A refreshing, well-argued and moving proposal for ‘non-reformist reforms’ that would demolish one of the cruellest components of the capitalist state, written with a non-sectarian openness and a utopian imagination.”
“An accessible, detailed examination of how borders function. A must read for anyone who wants to get to grips with the case for border abolition.”
—Maya Goodfellow, author of Hostile Environment
“An incisive exploration of how borders operate in the 21st century.”
—Emily Kenway, openDemocracy
“Against Borders is a compelling and much-needed primer on abolishing borders. By de-bunking common myths, presenting historical analysis, and guiding readers through contemporary social movements, Gracie Mae Bradley and Luke de Noronha passionately and accessibly lay out the vision and necessity for a world without borders.”
—Harsha Walia, author Border and Rule and Undoing Border Imperialism