The Border Imperialism By Harsha Walia Essay example

1399 Words Oct 10th, 2016 6 Pages
When examining the word “border” there are various thoughts and emotions that this can trigger for an individual. Before reading, “Undoing Border Imperialism” by Harsha Walia, I thought of a border as something that keeps people in or out, basically a boundary. After reading the text, Walia has allowed for me to realize that borders are much more about who’s included or excluded but rather the ways this inclusion and exclusion takes place and the reasoning behind these ways. Walia offers the reader a variety of key themes in examining what border imperialism is. She describes borders as having characteristics of territorial, political, economic, cultural and social control (p. 22). Borders are a means of displacing individuals due to capitalism, racialization and exploitation. I believe that this book has shaped my understanding on the issues of borders and has allowed for critical engagement on how we don’t necessarily think about things that happen on a daily basis. We know that borders exist, but Walia provides insight on other ways we can view this existence. This paper seeks to not only understand border imperialism but to touch upon the quotes and terminology Walia uses throughout her text. An analysis will also be provided on the comparison of Walia’s arguments to the arguments that Chris Dixon raises in his novel. Lastly, exploring the different aspects of border imperialism will allow for personal connections to be made as well as raise questions based on…

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