Chapter 11 Bordering

Brexit and Human- Nonhuman Entanglements in UK Press Coverage of Romania

In: Like an Animal: Critical Animal Studies Approaches to Borders, Displacement, and Othering
Claire Parkinson
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Contextualised by Brexit reports about UK dependency on Romanian nationals in the UK animal agriculture and slaughter industries, Claire Parkinson’s chapter discusses animal-human entanglements in media discourses that narrativize the movement of human and nonhuman animals between Romania and the UK. It argues that animal bodies are transformed through bordering processes, where borders are taken to be the material and symbolic markers that organize power relations and bordering is the process by which boundaries are established and maintained. This chapter examines bordering in relation to anti-immigration rhetoric and nationalistic discourse and proposes that critical animal studies approaches can further interrogate bordering and highlight its entanglements with the culturally constructed borders between human and nonhuman animals that fundamentally underpin speciesism.

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