Visibility is tactical.
Implicit or not, there persists a view of capitalism in which the border is understood as extraneous to the inherent tendencies of capital. In this, capital and the state are regarded as distinctive logics, the first inclined to overtake limits, the second emphasising limit as such. […]
Arrayed beyond and around the obvious walls of migration control, the architectures and technologies of the border proliferate.
Full text at darkmatter #2, Race/Matter, 2008. In Swedish as “Förkroppsliganden av ras,” Glänta 2, 2011. (pdf)
On Jason Read’s The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Pre-history of the Present in the context of the emergence of noborder campaigns. Borderlands 3:2 2004, and below the fold
Recently, “illegal immigration” was listed in a Defence Department White Paper as a “non-military threat to our national life.” Around the same time, the Dept of Immigration announced a campaign of “saturation surveillance” extending from the northern coastline to well outside Australian territorial waters, and the systematic use of biometrics in the implementation of ‘border…
Paper given at City/State Conference, July 2002; published in the City-State Reader (Sam de Silva, ed.).
Over the last fifteen years in Australia, the workplace has been thoroughly and miserably transformed. With the biggest growth in employment recorded in casual and part-time work, with the proportion of those working over sixty hours a week registgering the most dramatic increase relative to other hours worked amongst full-time workers, the eight-hour day no…