How can we understand the legacy of colonialism within contemporary society?
In Bordering Britain Law, Race and Empire
(Manchester University Press, 2020), Nadine El-Enany
, a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law, historicises immigration law and ideas of citizenship in Britain, connecting the project of building a nation after the end of empire to whiteness, colonial violence, and racism.
The book analyses legislation and case law, along with the social and historical context of immigration in Britain, to demonstrate the continued, systemic, violence at the heart of the British state.
The book is essential reading across law, history, and the social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in understanding contemporary society.