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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 II

The Checkpoint II

(p.138) Chapter 6 The Checkpoint II
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the other two major kinds of checkpoints: the security checkpoint and the information checkpoint. The security checkpoint is the defensive limit border that emerged in the modern period. While the police checkpoint offensively marches out into the streets to mark a division in the population between citizens and criminals, the security checkpoint protects, defends, and enforces the institutions that are defined and ordered by this border march. The third major type of modern border is the information checkpoint. In contrast to offensive police borders and defensive security borders, information borders have a unique boundary or binding function: they compel or bind social flows together as assemblages of data points. A data point is an isolated bit of social flow—a location, a name, a color, a date—that is used to divide and arrange the passage of social flows.

Keywords:   security, police, private property, information, data, checkpoint, passport

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