Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Cosponsored - Oral Presentation Session
In both the US and India in this current moment, the government in power seems focused on expelling racial Others from its border zones. While there are arguments that reveal the border and its spectacle as diverting attention from the myriad processes of citizen-making that take place in disparate sites away from border regions, those living in these zones experience the violence of the making of the spectacle of a nation-state in some particular ways. In both India and the US, the focus on the border enables the making of Others as threat, and allows the enumerative state to count and discount. Yet the question of who is to be counted is produced by visual and narrative mechanisms of power that circulate in spaces both at the border as well as far beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, even as they are mediated through diasporas and transnational capital. This paper will examine the tension between the border, the borderzone and the interior as they appear in transnational media cultures, and specifically in photojournalism in major newsmedia. The specificities of each border-making site (no matter where it lies) appear through spatial imaginaries that rely on gender and race and the ongoing project of creating masculine citizenship and patriarchal accumulation in the face of shifting boundaries and mobile populations.