Following on from the very nice endorsements that I blogged about last month, I thought I’d mention this wonderful endorsement we received from Imogen Tyler, author of the brilliant Revolting Subjects and the Social Abjection blog. Tyler writes:
This historical study examines the intertwining of ‘race’, gender and the body in the application of immigration controls in Britain since the 1970s. Drawing on research in British Government archives, Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control begins with the shocking case of virginity testing of a 35 year old woman, who arrived at Heathrow Airport, London in 1979 to marry her fiance. Smith and Marmo unpick these obscene practices as symptomatic of the de-humanising treatment of migrants from the former colonies and the dense racialized, sexual politics of British border controls. Crucially, Smith and Marmo also explore the incredible resistance of South Asian women and anti-deportation activists against the discriminatory practices of the British state. This important new history of immigration control speaks directly to the contemporary situation of border securitisation in Britain and beyond. It will be of interest to, and will be widely read by all interested in migration, citizenship, human rights, post-colonial migration, and histories of resistance to unjust border controls.
We greatly thank Imogen for her kind words and if you haven’t already read Revolting Subjects, what are you waiting for?
And most importantly, you can pre-order our book here (order it for your library NOW!).