Bordering and Ordering the Twenty-first Century: Understanding Borders

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - Political Science - 183 pages
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This timely book introduces readers to the central question of borders in the twenty-first century. After familiarizing readers with border thinking and making from antiquity to the present, Gabriel Popescu turns a critical eye on current border-making concepts, processes, and contexts. Throughout, he offers a balanced understanding of borders, explaining why and how interstate borders have emerged, whose interest they serve, who is involved in border making, and how border-making practices affect societies. Assessing the latest theoretical approaches to border studies, the author deftly incorporates a range of disciplinary perspectives, including geography, international relations, sociology, history, security studies, and anthropology. Popescu exploresrecent world events, discussing how current issues such as migration, terrorism, global warming, pandemics, the human rights regime, outsourcing, the economic crisis, supranational integration, regionalization, and digital technology relate to borders andinfluence our lives. Written with a clear eye and voice, this book makes a complex subject accessible to a wide readership.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Making Sense of Borders
7
Borders Before and During the Modern Era
29
Borders in the Era of Globalization
47
Producing Global Border Spaces
67
Controlling Mobility
91
Bridging Borders
121
Conclusion
151
References
157
Index
175
About the Author
183
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Gabriel Popescu is associate professor of geography in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, South Bend.

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