Using the borderscapes concept, this book offers an approach to
border studies that expresses the multilevel complexity of borders,
from the geopolitical to social practice and cultural production at
and across the border. Accordingly, it encourages a productive
understanding of the processual, de-territorialized and dispersed
nature of borders and their ensuring regimes in the era of
globalization and transnational flows as well as showcasing border
research as an interdisciplinary field with its own academic
standing. Contemporary bordering processes and practices are
examined through the borderscapes lens to uncover important
connections between borders as a 'challenge' to national (and EU)
policies and borders as potential elements of political innovation
through conceptual (re-)framings of social, political, economic and
cultural spaces. The authors offer a nuanced and critical
re-reading and understanding of the border not as an entity to be
taken for granted, but as a place of investigation and as a
resource in terms of the construction of novel (geo)political
imaginations, social and spatial imaginaries and cultural images.
In so doing, they suggest that rethinking borders means
deconstructing the interweaving between political practices of
inclusion-exclusion and the images created to support and
communicate them on the cultural level by Western territorialist
modernity. The result is a book that proposes a wandering through a
constellation of bordering policies, discourses, practices and
images to open new possibilities for thinking, mapping, acting and
living borders under contemporary globalization.
|Country of origin:
• Jussi Laine
• Gianluca Bocchi
||Electronic book text
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