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Performing Borders: Queer and Trans Experiences at the Canadian Border

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Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 3P5, Canada
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School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
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Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 3P5, Canada
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(7), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8070201
Received: 21 April 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 28 June 2019
Biometric security and screening systems have revolutionized border crossings. As bodies move across the physical space of the borderland, the border moves through them, scanning and cataloguing and scrutinizing bodies for irregularity. While such technologies have been scrutinized, they have largely been so through heteronormative and cisnormative lenses that fail to recognize the vastly different experiences of nonbinary, nonconforming, transgender, and queer border crossers. This paper examines the implications of what we argue is the individualization of the border, and the effects of biometric security screenings for people whose bodies do not conform to heteronormative and cisnormative standards. We argue that border securitization increasingly equates body differences to narratives of threat and risk, which endangers nonbinary, trans, and queer border crossers, and places their safe passage at risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: biometric borders; transgender; gender-nonconforming; nonbinary; queer; securitization; risk biometric borders; transgender; gender-nonconforming; nonbinary; queer; securitization; risk
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Hodge, E.; Hallgrimsdottir, H.; Much, M. Performing Borders: Queer and Trans Experiences at the Canadian Border. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 201.

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