A Companion to Border Studies

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Thomas M. Wilson, Hastings Donnan
John Wiley & Sons, Jun 11, 2012 - Social Science - 636 pages
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A Companion to Border Studies introduces an exciting and expanding field of interdisciplinary research, through the writing of an international array of scholars, from diverse perspectives that include anthropology, development studies, geography, history, political science and sociology.

  • Explores how nations and cultural identities are being transformed by their dynamic, shifting borders where mobility is sometimes facilitated, other times impeded or prevented
  • Offers an array of international views which together form an authoritative guide for students, instructors and researchers
  • Reflects recent significant growth in the importance of understanding the distinctive characteristics of borders and frontiers, including cross-border cooperation, security and controls, migration and population displacements, hybridity, and transnationalism
 

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I have no idea how the first reviewer came to that conclusion. This is an amazing collection of articles on borders studies, carried out by some of the best researchers working in the field. It not only covers all the main themes and issues in borders studies, but also introduces major new theories for tacking some of them. There were several articles I read twice because they had so much in them. I would happily cite this book as a source of Wikipedia, it's a real gem for anyone studying the social, political and historical relevance of borders in the contemporary world. 

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This book is full of bias. In addition it can not be a valid source for wikipedia.

Contents

Borders and Border Studies
1
Partition
29
Culture Theory and the USMexico Border
48
The African Union Border Programme in European
66
European Politics of Borders Border Symbolism
83
Securing Borders in Europe and North America
100
Border Regimes the Circulation of Violence and
119
Borders in the New Imperialism
139
Bandits Borderlands and Opium Wars in Afghanistan
332
Biosecurity Quarantine and Life across the Border
354
Permeabilities Ecology and Geopolitical Boundaries
371
Borders and the Rhythms of Displacement Emplacement
389
Remapping Borders
405
From Border Policing to Internal Immigration Control
419
Labor Migration Trafficking and Border Controls
438
Spatial Strategies for Rebordering Human Migration at Sea
455

Contested States Frontiers and Cities
158
The State Hegemony and the Historical BritishUS Border
177
Nations Nationalism and Borderization in the Southern Cone
194
Debordering and Rebordering the United Kingdom
214
Swarming at the Frontiers of France 18701885
230
Borders and Conflict Resolution
249
Chaos and Order along the Former Iron Curtain
269
Border Security as LateCapitalist Fix
283
Identity the State and Borderline Disorder
301
African Boundaries and the New Capitalist Frontier
318
Bordering and Biopolitics in Central Asia
473
Border Scene and Obscene
492
Border Show Business and Performing States
507
Performativity and the Eventfulness of Bordering Practices
522
Reconceptualizing the Space of the MexicoUS Borderline
538
Border Towns and Cities in Comparative Perspective
557
A Sense of Border
573
Index
593
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About the author (2012)

Thomas M. Wilson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. From 2008-2010 he was president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe. His research interests include the anthropology of international borders, European integration and Ireland, and he is the editor of Drinking Cultures and Europeanisation and Hibernicisation.

Hastings Donnan is Professor of Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests include the study of borders and the anthropology of walking and driving, and he has carried out fieldwork in Ireland and Pakistan. He chairs the Anthropology and Development Studies panel in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework for 2014, and is the editor of Transgressive Sex and co-author of The Anthropology of Sex.

Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan have previously co-authored The Anthropology of Ireland and Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State.

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