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Movement and the Ordering of Freedom


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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1. Between Imaginary Lines: Violence and Its Justifications at the Military Checkpoints in Occupied Palestine / Hagar Kotef and Merav Amir 27

2. An Interlude: A Tale of Two Roads-On Freedom and Movement 52

3. The Fence That "Ill Deserves the Name of Confinement": Locomotion and the Liberal Body 61

4. The Problem of "Excessive" Movement 87

5. The "Substance and Meaning of All Things Political": On Other Bodies 112

Conclusion 136

Notes 141

Bibliography 203

Index 217

About the Author

Hagar Kotef is based at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University.


"Hagar Kotef has written an insightful, thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging book that brings a fresh theoretical perspective on the intersections between borders, mobility and liberalism.... Movement and the Ordering of Freedom makes an impressive contribution to a literature spanning Border Studies, Mobility and Migration Studies, and a range of interdisciplinary efforts to come to terms with the spatial and architectural dimensions of power and governmentality.... I suspect this important work will be much cited as one that brings fresh historical perspective to the political stakes of human mobility and liberal governmental regimes." -- Anne McNevin * Migration Studies *
"This is not only a well researched and written book, it is also informed by a political-ethical commitment against injustice.... This provides a fascinating (re)reading of liberalism which is pursued through an intriguing twofold analysis: one focusing on the enactment of the regulation of movement in Israel and Palestine; the second exploring a genealogy of liberalism and mobility through the work of Hobbes, Locke, Mill (as well as William Blackstone and Hannah Arendt). This somewhat unorthodox approach to structuring a political theory text is one of the highlights of the book and opens it up to multiple audiences." -- Joe Turner * Review of Politics *
"It's a book written with both verve and the depth of close, careful reading; with an intellectual suppleness and playfulness and the utter seriousness of a conviction in the political relevance of theory; but more importantly a book that, even, or especially, when it delves into history, strikes with nothing less than the urgency of the present." -- Nasser Abourahme * Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World *
"... Kotef 's book offers a nuanced critique of liberalism, exploring it as a political ideology articulated in terms of freedom and movement. Most important, the book's readings of settler colonialism in America and in Israel persuasively demonstrate that the colonial condition is not, and never has been, either geographically or theoretically external to liberalism. On the contrary, colonialism, as the book makes clear, is the foundational archive of liberalism." -- Gil Hochberg * GLQ *
"[O]riginal, concise, well written and well argued and certainly makes a new contribution to the fields of migration and mobility studies. . . . [It will] certainly be of interest to postgraduate students and professionals across the social sciences and humanities who are concerned with migration, mobility, identity, Israel/Palestine, political subjectivity and the liberal state-a thought-provoking read and one which comes highly recommended." -- Lucy Mayblin * Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History *

"Movement and the Ordering of Freedom offers a conceptually rich contribution that seeks to consider how mobility and movement might be conceived as central to the emergence of liberal models of governance. Kotef's text is a lucid and well-researched account of the historical context through which 'the liberal subject was formed in the image of moderation.'"

-- Jonathan Darling * Progress in Human Geography *
"Kotef presents us with a rich and multi-faced contribution to contemporary theories on movement, migration, and border security." -- Nanda Oudejans * Perspectives on Politics *
"Hagar Kotef's enquiry into 'the politics of motion' is timely, excellently written and surely a must read for researchers not just of surveillance/control societies and of Israel-Palestine (the book's regional focus), but more broadly for scholars in cultural politics." -- Marcelo Svirsky * Contemporary Political Theory *

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