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Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire

Jeffrey S. Kahn


This book offers a new interpretation of the transformation of US borders during the late twentieth century and its implications for our understanding of the nation-state as a legal and political form. It does so by examining the immigration tribunals of South Florida, the Coast Guard vessels patrolling the northern Caribbean, and the camps of Guantanamo Bay through the lens of anthropological theory, political philosophy, and law. From this perspective, the book reveals how litigation concerning the fate of Haitian asylum seekers during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s gave birth to novel jurisdic ... More

Keywords: borders, law, jurisdiction, maritime migration policing, anthropology, Caribbean, Haiti, Guantanamo, United States, Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226587387
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226587554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey S. Kahn, author
University of California, Davis