Unmasking State Harm: The Border as a Theatrical Space of Gendered Violence

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Abstract

Systemic gendered violence at the borders of the Global North is perpetrated by state actors and their proxies, and yet remains underdiscussed. This article presents numerous cases of such violence to argue that it is not random, does not occur in a vacuum or at the whim of wayward officers. Rather, this gendered state violence is the expression of a patriarchal and hegemonic state that positions the woman at the border as out of place. Deploying performative theories, this article unmasks the masculine agenda enacted at the border to reveal that its violent exhibition of power serves many purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1561
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume29
Issue number8
Early online date14 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Keywords

  • border cavity searches
  • border performativity
  • gendered and racialized border violence
  • state harm

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