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Borders and Border Politics in a Globalizing World : World Beat - Paul Ganster

Borders and Border Politics in a Globalizing World

World Beat

By: Paul Ganster (Editor), David E. Lorey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th October 2004
ISBN: 9780842051033
Number Of Pages: 354

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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.

Edited by two distinguished scholars with first-hand knowledge of countless border regions around the planet, this text fills a classroom need in border studies. Well-chosen and interesting selections give readers sharp glimpses of borderlands across distant geographical spaces and from ancient times to the present. Obviously the editors took great care in assembling their material, highlighting timely subjects and issues, providing superb introductions to each article, and gracing the text with excellent, original photographs taken by Paul Ganster himself. -- Oscar J. Martinez, University of Arizona
International borders today are contested by forces for openness under globalization and domestic pressures that seek closure. In this context, this edited volume engages seven important issues facing contemporary border regions: borders as barriers; culture; migrants and refugees; partitioned groups; goods and services; the environment; and maritime space borders. Four attributes make this book notable. First, it is comprehensive, both in the composition of international scholars and the case studies they investigate. Second, it is multidisciplinary, combining perspectives from history, sociology, political science, environmental studies, and other fields. Third, it incorporates features such as a glossary, maps, and chapter introductions that will make it useful in classroom settings. Finally, the chapters are generally well done, written by some of the finest scholars in and outside what can be termed "border studies"; they include Anssi Paasi, Thomas Friedman, Michael Ignatieff, and Malcolm Anderson. This will be a useful compilation in the field. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers. -- J.M. Ackleson, New Mexico State University * CHOICE *
In the introduction, the editors make clear that the volume is for both university students and the general public as a starting point for considering a variety of issues about borders. The work is well suited for this purpose.... Without exception, the essays are cogent and well - written. -- Barton Edgerton, London School of Economics and Political Science
Without exception the essays are cogent and well written. * Political Studies Review *
This volume engages seven important issues facing contemporary border regions: borders as barriers; culture; migrants and refugees; partitioned groups; goods and services; the environment; and maritime and space borders. Four attributes make this book notable. It is comprehensive... it is multidisciplinary... it incorporates features that will make it useful in classroom settings, [and] the chapters are written by some of the finest scholars in and outside of what can be termed "border studies." Recommended. * CHOICE *

Introductionp. xi
Glossaryp. xxiii
Borders as Barriers
Hadrian's Wallp. 1
The Great Wall of Chinap. 11
The Berlin Wallp. 21
Borders, Migrants, and Refugees
Sahuayo, Mexico, and Its U.S. Coloniesp. 51
Migration from Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to South Africap. 73
Borders and Partitioned Groups
West African Boundary Makingp. 97
The Jivaro People between Peru and Ecuadorp. 107
Boundaries as Social Practice and Discourse: The Finnish-Russian Borderp. 117
Borders, Perceptions, and Culture
The Attitudes of Youth toward the Other Side: The Finnish-Swedish and Finnish-Russian Bordersp. 137
Meaning and Significance of the Canadian-American Borderp. 151
Northern Irelandp. 169
The Fault Line between Israelis and Palestiniansp. 177
Borders and the Environment
Environment, Development, and Security in Border Regions: Perspectives from Europe and North Americap. 199
Disaster on the Danubep. 237
Border Regions and Transborder Conservation in Central Americap. 247
Borders, Goods, and Services
The U.S.-Mexican Border as Locator of Innovation and Vicep. 269
Cross-Border Shopping: Canada and the United Statesp. 285
Maritime and Space Borders
Maritime Agreements and Oil Exploration in the Gulf of Thailandp. 301
New Borders: The Sea and Outer Spacep. 317
Suggested Readingsp. 337
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780842051033
ISBN-10: 0842051031
Series: World Beat
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 17th October 2004
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.76  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.71