Militarized Global Apartheid

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    Catherine Besteman

    Publisher: Duke University Press

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 216 pages

    ISBN: 9781478011507

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Militarized Global Apartheid Catherine Besteman offers a sweeping theorization of the ways in which countries from the global north are reproducing South Africa's apartheid system on a worldwide scale to control the mobility and labor of people from the global south. Exploring the different manifestations of global apartheid, Besteman traces how militarization and securitization reconfigure older forms of white supremacy and deploy them in new contexts to maintain this racialized global order. Whether using the language of security, military intervention, surveillance technologies, or detention centers and other forms of incarceration, these projects reinforce and consolidate the global north's political and economic interests at the expense of the poor, migrants, refugees, Indigenous populations, and people of color. By drawing out how this new form of apartheid functions and pointing to areas of resistance, Besteman opens up new space to theorize potential sources of liberatory politics.

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“In Militarized Global Apartheid, Catherine Besteman brings together two worlds that are as separate as possible yet shape each other in a dynamic they cannot quite escape. Even though inevitably the powerful have killer instruments that those without power lack, Besteman finds the many ways in which they also mark each other. She emphasizes the extent to which Western modes of production and labor force management generally did not bring a better world to the workers of Africa. This is a must-read book!” Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

“Catherine Besteman's wonderfully capacious framework for understanding the myriad lines of division and modes of domination that compose the contemporary global order is both intellectually satisfying and politically urgent.” Michael Hardt, coauthor of Assembly

"Militarized Global Apartheid isn’t light reading—good reading, yes; important reading, surely; light reading—no. . . . What Besteman adds to this conversation about capital’s exploitative power is a piecemeal categorization of the varied techniques the Global North uses to exploit the Global South." Joseph Hurtgen, Ancillary Review of Books

Militarized Global Apartheid does more than just describe the system and strategies that are in place to gate the North from the South.... [It] is not simply a description of violent border regimes, it is a challenge for all of us to reflect on our own relationship to them.” Georgina Ramsay, PoLAR

Winner of the 2022 Public Anthropologist Book Award

About the Author

Catherine Besteman is Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College and author of Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, also published by Duke University Press

Table of Contents
Introduction. The Argument 1
1. Belonging 21
2. Plunder 40
3. Containment 61
4. Labor 83
5. Militarization 101
6. Futures 126
Acknowledgments 137
Notes 139
References 157
Index 187

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