Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond contends that borders are, by definition, lines of inclusion and exclusion established by the state. It analyses how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid and how bordered existences, such as women, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, destabilise the rigid constructs. It explores the political conditions that have made borders problematic in post-colonial South Asia and how these borders have become regions of extreme control or violence.

Circles of Insecurity: The Border People*

Circles of Insecurity: The Border People*

Circles of insecurity: The border people

This chapter intends to study population flows in the east and north-east of India from the South Asian sub-region of Bangladesh, Myanmar and parts of Nepal that borders India, and analyse in that perspective how human flows negotiate borders and boundaries, and impact on meta-discourses of security. This study of the relation between population flows and security will aim to produce a critique not only of state-centric perceptions, but also a critique of the development of a language of care that arises from within the language of violence. It will analyse how concerns for the displaced is born out of conflict and often remains hostage to conflict. I shall take the term ‘refugees’ here ...

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