Policing the borders of church and societal membership: immigration and faith-based communities in the US South. Territory, Politics, Governance. This paper examines processes of border crossing and border policing within churches engaged in immigrant-outreach in the US South. Based on interviews with pastors and on focus groups with immigrant and non-immigrant congregants in 35 churches in the US South, we explore how border politics and anti-immigrant racialization intersect with the practice of faith. We argue that the complex border work undertaken by clergy members and congregants can be understood in terms of differential inclusion, that is, the extension of partial membership that may lead to a widening, rather than a diminution, of social inequalities. Immigrants themselves are cognisant of this border work and tread carefully in making claims of belonging in the church and in the state. Paying attention to the affective, emotional and performative dimensions of borders, we argue that border work needs to be understood as a diffuse set of practices undertaken by ‘ordinary’ people in the spaces of everyday life who position themselves and others as legitimate or illegitimate members of society in new immigrant destinations.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Territory, Politics, Governance|
|State||Published - Jul 3 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences of the U.S. National Science Foundation [BCS-1021907 and BCS-1021666].
© 2017 Regional Studies Association.
- border work
- new immigrant destinations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations