A Companion to Border Studies. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

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  • Book
  • 636 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Dramatic growth in the number of international borders has coincided in recent years with greater mobility than ever before–of goods, people and ideas.   As a result, interest in borders as a focus of academic study has developed into a dynamic, multi–disciplinary field, embracing perspectives from anthropology, development studies, geography, history, political science and sociology. Authors provide a comprehensive examination of key characteristics of borders and frontiers, including cross–border cooperation, security and controls, migration and population displacements, hybridity, and transnationalism.

Companion to Border Studies brings together these disciplines and viewpoints, through the writing of an international collection of preeminent border scholars. Drawing on research from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, the contributors argue that the future of Border Studies lies within such diverse collaborations, which approach comparatively the features of borders worldwide.

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List of Figures and Table viii

Notes on Contributors ix

1 Borders and Border Studies 1Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan

Part I Sovereignty, Territory and Governance 27

2 Partition 29Brendan O′Leary

3 Culture Theory and the US–Mexico Border 48Josiah McC. Heyman

4 The African Union Border Programme in European Comparative Perspective 66Anthony I. Asiwaju

5 European Politics of Borders, Border Symbolism and Cross–Border Cooperation 83James Wesley Scott

6 Securing Borders in Europe and North America 100Emmanuel Brunet–Jailly

7 Border Regimes, the Circulation of Violence and the Neo–authoritarian Turn 119John Borneman

Part II States, Nations and Empires 137

8 Borders in the New Imperialism 139James Anderson

9 Contested States, Frontiers and Cities 158Liam O′Dowd

10 The State, Hegemony and the Historical British–US Border 177Allan K. McDougall and Lisa Philips

11 Nations, Nationalism and "Borderization" in the Southern Cone 194Alejandro Grimson

12 Debordering and Rebordering the United Kingdom 214Cathal McCall

13 "Swarming" at the Frontiers of France, 1870–1885 230Olivier Thomas Kramsch

14 Borders and Conflict Resolution 249David Newman

Part III Security, Order and Disorder 267

15 Chaos and Order along the (Former) Iron Curtain 269Mathijs Pelkmans

16 Border Security as Late–Capitalist "Fix" 283Brenda Chalfin

17 Identity, the State and Borderline Disorder 301Dan Rabinowitz

18 African Boundaries and the New Capitalist Frontier 318Timothy Raeymaekers

19 Bandits, Borderlands and Opium Wars in Afghanistan 332Jonathan Goodhand

20 Biosecurity, Quarantine and Life across the Border 354Alan Smart and Josephine Smart

21 Permeabilities, Ecology and Geopolitical Boundaries 371Hilary Cunningham

Part IV Displacement, Emplacement and Mobility 387

22 Borders and the Rhythms of Displacement, Emplacement and Mobility 389Pamela Ballinger

23 Remapping Borders 405Henk van Houtum

24 From Border Policing to Internal Immigration Control in the United States 419Mathew Coleman

25 Labor Migration, Traffi cking and Border Controls 438Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons

26 Spatial Strategies for Rebordering Human Migration at Sea 455Alison Mountz and Nancy Hiemstra

27 "B/ordering" and Biopolitics in Central Asia 473Nick Megoran

28 Border, Scene and Obscene 492Nicholas De Genova

Part V Space, Performance and Practice 505

29 Border Show Business and Performing States 507David B. Coplan

30 Performativity and the Eventfulness of Bordering Practices 522Robert J. Kaiser

31 Reconceptualizing the Space of the Mexico–US Borderline 538Robert R. Alvarez, Jr

32 Border Towns and Cities in Comparative Perspective 557Paul Nugent

33 A Sense of Border 573Sarah Green

Index 593

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“Taking into consideration all aspects this book has a very important role in the professional literature of border studies.”  (Cross–Border Review Yearbook of the European Institute, 1 September 2014)

“Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper–division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 April 2013)

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