The Sexual Politics of Border Control: An Introduction

Billy Holzberg, Anouk Madoerin, Michelle Pfeifer

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In this introductory article to the special issue, we ask what role sexuality plays in the reproduction and contestation of border regimes and think sexuality towards its various entanglements with border control. As borders have been understood as a method for reproducing racialized distinctions, we argue that sexuality is also a method of bordering and illustrate how sexuality works as a key strategy for the capture, containment and regulation of mobility and movement. Taking a transnational approach, we bring together queer scholarship on borders and migration with the rich archive of feminist, Black, Indigenous and critical border perspectives to suggest that these strategies need to be understood in close relation to the (I) intersecting dynamics of colonial histories of racialization, (II) national regimes of reproductive control and (III) the containment of contagion, disease and sexual deviance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1485-1506
Number of pages22
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2021


  • sexuality, borders, transnational, migration, race, (post)coloniality


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