Borders and Border Politics in a Globalizing World

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Paul Ganster, David E. Lorey
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Political Science - 354 pages
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Borders represent an intriguing paradox as globalization continues to leap barriers at a vigorous pace, merging economies and cultures through world trade, economic integration, the mass media, the Internet, and increasingly mobile populations. At the same time, the political boundaries separating peoples remain pervasive and problematic. Borders and Border Politics in a Globalizing World offers a carefully selected group of readings to enhance student understanding of the complexities of border regions. The reader brings together key writings on the histories of borders, their social development, their politics, and the daily life that characterizes them. The authors place their analyses of these issues in an international context, stressing how borders influence, and how they are influenced by, global processes. The selections provide a window on our current understanding of human interactions at and along national and interethnic boundaries, interactions that will characterize borders and border politics for decades to come. Drawing on a worldwide set of case studies, this text divides border issues into seven thematic categories: borders as barriers; borders, migrants, and refugees; borders and partitioned groups; borders, perceptions and culture; borders and the environment; borders, goods, and services; and maritime and space borders. An excellent text for courses on boundaries, ethnicity, and international relations, this collection of cutting-edge information and analysis on borders and border politics in the context of ongoing globalization will shed light both upon international and subnational boundaries and upon the unfolding processes of globalization.
 

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Contents

Hadrians Wall
1
The Great Wall of China
11
The Berlin Wall
21
Sahuayo Mexico and Its US Colonies
51
Migration from Lesotho Mozambique and Zimbabwe to South Africa
73
West African Boundary Making
97
The Jivaro People between Peru and Ecuador
107
Boundaries as Social Practice and Discourse The FinnishRussian Border
117
The Fault Line between Israelis and Palestinians
177
Environment Development and Security in Border Regions Perspectives from Europe and North America
199
Disaster on the Danube
237
Border Regions and Transborder Conservation in Central America
247
The USMexican Border as Locator of Innovation and Vice
269
CrossBorder Shopping Canada and the United States
285
Maritime Agreements and Oil Exploration in the Gulf of Thailand
301
New Borders The Sea and Outer Space
317

The Attitudes of Youth toward the Other Side The FinnishSwedish and FinnishRussian Borders
137
Meaning and Significance of the Canadian American Border
151
Northern Ireland
169

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About the author (2005)

Paul Ganster is professor of history and director of the Institute for Regional Studies at San Diego State University. David E. Lorey was director of the U.S.DLatin American Relations Program at the Hewlett Foundation from 1997 to 2003.

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