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A Research Agenda for Border Studies

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A Research Agenda for Border Studies

9781788972734 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by James W. Scott, Professor of Regional and Border Studies, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 273 4 Extent: c 224 pp
This innovative Research Agenda uncovers links between different levels of border-making processes, or bordering, from the political to the cognitive, and connects everyday processes and experiences of border-making to the wider social world. It addresses the question of how everyday bordering practices and discourses can be productively linked to different aspects of social relations.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

The power of borders emerges not only from their institutional and legal nature but also from their symbolic and identity-forming significance. This innovative Research Agenda uncovers links between different levels of border-making processes, or bordering, from the political to the cognitive, and connects everyday processes and experiences of border-making to the wider social world.

Grounded in their original research, contributors offer a variety of discussions on future directions for border studies, including two areas which may prove particularly fruitful; firstly, the question of the broader political salience of borders and secondly, the ways in which the border studies paradigm increasingly connects ontological and ethical questions to processes of border-making. Taken together, these address the question of how everyday bordering practices and discourses can be productively linked to different aspects of social relations.

This timely book will be an invigorating read for those studying borders across a wide range of disciplines including human geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, international law as well as the humanities, notably art, media studies and philosophy.
Critical Acclaim
‘A Research Agenda for Border Studies, edited by James W. Scott, is a timely and concise sweep of border theory as it has developed over the past two decades. Drawing upon a number of theoretical perspectives and case studies, this engaging book provides a clear understanding of the state of borders in global perspective. Chapters are written by both established and emerging border scholars, and each provides a careful examination of border theory and analysis at different scales and in different locations. The result is a study of borders from multiple perspectives and through very different lenses. A must read if you want to know why borders matter more and more in a contemporary world and networked world.’
– Heather Nicol, Trent University, Canada

‘This book ably answers a necessary question: what is a relevant research agenda for border studies in an age of post-disciplinary scholarly inquiry? The contributors to this volume, individually and collectively, show that while borders today may be seen to be inescapably political, they are also inescapably cultural, social and economic. This is a must-read book for those who seek both a starting point and inspiration for their own study of borders in the contemporary world.’
– Thomas M Wilson, Binghamton University, State University of New York, US

‘At a pivotal time when right-wing populists and responses to a global pandemic are erecting new borders, Scott and a diverse team of international and interdisciplinary critical scholars are setting a new agenda for critical border studies. An important book giving hope for a brighter future.’
– Harald Bauder, Ryerson University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors include: A. Casaglia, A. Español, D. Iossifova, V. Konrad, T. Kurki, J.P. Laine, N.S. Megoran, I. Moyo, P. Richardson, J.W. Scott, C. Sohn
Contents
Contents:

Part 1 Introduction
1 Introduction to the Research Agenda
James Wesley Scott

Part 2 Socio-Political Borders
2 Interpreting Politics of Borders
Anna Casaglia

3 Rescaling the border: National populism, sovereignty,
and civilisationism
Paul Richardson

4 Beyond Post-Coloniality in Border Studies
Innocent Moyo

5 Borders as Resources: Towards a Centering of the Concept
Christophe Sohn

Part 3 Borderscapes and Beyond
6 Reading Borders in the Everyday: Bordering as Practice
Deljana Iossifova

7 Borders and Belonging
Victor Konrad

8 Materialized Narratives of Border: Articulating the Unspeakable through Everyday Objects
Tuulikki Kurki

9 Bordering as a Psychological Process: The Case of a Cross-Border Worker at the Spanish Moroccan Border
Alicia Español

Part 4 Ethics and Border Research Agendas
10 Exploring Links between Borders and Ethics
Jussi Laine

11 “Go Anywhere I Damn Well Please”? Towards an Anarchist Vocational Ethics of International Borders
Nick Megoran

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