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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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The Checkpoint I

The Checkpoint I

(p.110) Chapter 5 The Checkpoint I
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

The fourth and final border regime analyzed in this book is the checkpoint. The checkpoint adds a further form of kinetic social division to the previous regimes, and in particular responds to the cellular regime of the Middle Ages. While the cellular borders of the Middle Ages were primarily directed at dividing human beings into enclosed individuals, checkpoints further divided these individuals into collections of “data.” Data becomes the discreet and quantifiable substratum that composes individuals: age, height, weight, location, status, and so on. Accordingly, the border technologies that emerge under this regime are by far the most polymorphic of all historical borders up to this time. Any space-time point can become a border.

Keywords:   checkpoint, police, preventative, punishment, beat, data, spy, passport

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