Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders

Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders

by Adam M. McKeown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231140762

ISBN-13: 9780231140768

Pub. Date: 12/02/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

As Adam M. McKeown demonstrates, the push for increased border control and identity documentation is the continuation of more than 150 years of globalization. Modern passports and national borders are not only inseparable from the rise of global mobility. They are also tied to the emergence of individuals and nations as the primary sites of global power and

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As Adam M. McKeown demonstrates, the push for increased border control and identity documentation is the continuation of more than 150 years of globalization. Modern passports and national borders are not only inseparable from the rise of global mobility. They are also tied to the emergence of individuals and nations as the primary sites of global power and identity.

McKeown's history links the practices of border control to attempts to control Asian migration around the Pacific in the 1880s. New policies to control mobility had to be justified in the context of contemporary liberal ideas of freedom and mobility, generating such principles as the belief that migration control is a sovereign right of receiving nations and that it should occur at a country's borders. McKeown shows how the enforcement of these border controls required migrants to be extracted from social networks of identity and reconstructed as isolated individuals within centralized filing systems. Methods originally created to exclude Asians from full participation in the "family of civilized nations" are now the norm between all nations and have helped to institutionalize global cultural and economic divisions, such as East/West and First and Third World designations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231140768
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Series:
Columbia Studies in International and Global History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Introduction The Globalization of Identities 1

Pt. I Borders in Transformation 19

1 Consolidating Identities, Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries 21

2 Global Migration, 1840-1940 43

3 Creating the Free Migrant 66

4 Nationalization of Migration Control 90

Pt. II Imagining Borders 119

5 Experiments in Border Control, 1852-1887 121

6 Civilization and Borders, 1885-1895 149

7 The "Natal Formula" and the Decline of the Imperial Subject, 1888-1913 185

Pt. III Enforcing Borders 215

8 Experiments in Remote Control, 1897-1905 217

9 The American Formula, 1905-1913 239

10 Files and Fraud 268

Pt. IV Disseminating Borders 293

11 Moralizing Regulation 295

12 Borders Across the World, 1907-1939 318

Conclusion: A Melancholy Order 349

Primary Sources and Abbreviations Used in Notes 369

Notes 375

Index 435

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