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This collection focuses broadly on the role of law in the construction of U.S. borders and takes up an important question raised by the global turn in American studies scholarship: once territory becomes less critical to scholarship in the discipline, what constitutes the frame of American studies?

For this project, a border is not simply a territorial boundary. Borders are created through formal legal controls on entry and exit, through the construction of rights of citizenship and noncitizenship, and through the regulation of American power in other parts of the world. Where legal rights are at issue, borders and territory continue to play a powerful role, especially as certain spaces, such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are marked by the U.S. government as outside legal restraints on government power. Yet the law also extends the United States beyond its literal borders, through, for example, efforts to export democracy to the Middle East.

This is the first collection to map the intersection of law and American studies, and it captures the excitement of interdisciplinary work at this intersection.

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In this collection of 16 articles, contributors consider the role of law in the construction of US borders, whether they be geopolitical, cultural, political or economic. They describe how the concept of borders affects executive clemency, sovereign prerogative and other dilemmas of American legality, how identity works with the concept of border in perceptions of race and sexuality as well as national origin or even lack thereof, how the definitions of American-controlled territory have changed and are changing, and how imperial sovereignty has become intertwined with global economies, human rights, energy supply, the prison nation abroad and even new readings of what constituted Eastern Bloc "escapees" in the Cold War. This is a special edition of American Quarterly.
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In this collection of 16 articles, contributors consider the role of law in the construction of US borders, whether they be geopolitical, cultural, political or economic. They describe how the concept of borders affects executive clemency, sovereign prerogative and other dilemmas of American legality, how identity works with the concept of border in perceptions of race and sexuality as well as national origin or even lack thereof, how the definitions of American-controlled territory have changed and are changing, and how imperial sovereignty has become intertwined with global economies, human rights, energy supply, the prison nation abroad and even new readings of what constituted Eastern Bloc "escapees" in the Cold War. This is a special edition of American Quarterly. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This collection focuses broadly on the role of law in the construction of United States borders and takes up an important question raised by the global turn in American studies scholarship: once territory becomes less critical to scholarship in the discipline, what constitutes the frame of American studies?

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ISBN:
9780801884146
Author:
Dudziak, Mary L.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Editor:
Volpp, Leti
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Government - General
Subject:
Law -- United States -- Philosophy.
Subject:
United States Boundaries.
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
421
Dimensions:
8.98x6.06x.76 in. 1.28 lbs.

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