Placing the Border in Everyday life
Ashgate Border Regions Series
Edited by Reece Jones and Corey Johnson
Awarded 2016 Past Presidents' Gold Book Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies
Order online: Ashgate
New paperback version on 01 August 2016
Bordering no longer happens only at the borderline separating two sovereign states, but rather through a wide range of practices and decisions that occur in multiple locations within and beyond the state’s territory. Nevertheless, it is too simplistic to suggest that borders are everywhere, since this view fails to acknowledge that particular sites are significant nodes where border work is done. Similarly, border work is more likely to be done by particular people than others. This book investigates the diffusion of bordering narratives and practices by asking ‘who borders and how?’
Placing the Border in Everyday Life complicates the connection between borders and sovereign states by identifying the individuals and organizations that engage in border work at a range of scales and places. This edited volume includes contributions from major international scholars in the field of border studies and allied disciplines who analyze where and why border work is done. By combining a new theorization of border work beyond the state with rich empirical case studies, this book makes a ground-breaking contribution to the study of borders and the state in the era of globalization.
Contributors: Chris Rumford, Anthony Cooper, Chris Perkins, Mat Coleman, Angela Stuesse, Kenneth Madsen, Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, Emma Norman, Rainer Rothfus, Yakubu Joseph, Vanessa Lamb, Jennifer Turner, and Judith Miggelbrink.
‘A compelling and richly illustrated collection examining the everyday practices and impacts of bordering. If it is an exaggeration to say the border is everywhere, then the cases examined here nonetheless perceptively examine its diverse, uneven and variegated contemporary instantiations.’ - Stuart Elden, University of Warwick, UK, editor of Society and Space
‘Border research is today one of the most vibrant interdisciplinary fields in social and cultural sciences. Instead of seeing borders as fixed lines, scholars increasingly regard them as mobile elements that may be located far away from the edges of territories. Borders are produced and reproduced by various state and non-state agents in border areas and elsewhere in societies and influence the everyday lives of individuals and social groupings in many ways. This excellent collection, written by experienced border scholars, provides the reader with some exciting and novel perspectives to understand the complexities of current border work. The collection not only includes useful concrete illustrations from various states but is also theoretically informed.’ - Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, Finland
‘The study of borders has undergone a major renaissance during the past two decades. This has been partly due to the mistaken notion that the world was becoming borderless as a result of globalization and because of the collapse of the walls separating countries inside Europe. But we have also witnessed a growth in the number of walls and fences which have been constructed by states ever since the events of 9/11 as they seek to create secure spaces against the new external threats - be they terrorism or illegal migrants. Jones and Johnson's text highlights these contrasting trends and processes as they draw on diverse border experiences throughout the world, clearly showing the impact of borders at the local level and on the daily life practices of thousands of people who live nearby or who attempt to cross these borders. The book is to be recommended for anyone who wants to understand just how important borders remain in the contemporary world but equally how the significance and functions of borders are redefined as a result of global and geopolitical change.’ - David Newman, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and Editor, Geopolitics