The intimate borders of epidemiological nationalism

Goodwin-Hawkins, Bryonny ORCID: 0000-0002-9399-5486 (2020) The intimate borders of epidemiological nationalism. Anthropology in Action, 27 (3). pp. 67-70. doi:10.3167/aia.2020.270314

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Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, nation-states closed borders. Borders divide – and intimate diff erence. In this article, I trace an emergent epidemiological nationalism which intimates a contagious other, taking ‘the’ border as my (unstable) object. While post-war and post-wall European projects celebrate dismantling borders, bordering continually becomes by saturating space with territoriality. Illustrating epidemiological nationalism’s intimately located here and there, I turn an ethnographic gaze to Wales: a nation yet not a state, with a border that cannot be closed. Through the socio-spatial saturate of the Welsh border’s enduring (non)existence run frictive, entangled intimacies. Meshing border studies with Lauren Berlant’s theorisation of intimacies, I show epidemiology’s conscription in imaginatively inscribing a safely state-like Welsh nation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Borders; Britain; COVID-19; Identity; Nationalism; Wales
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 14:16
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2023 15:39

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