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Borderless Worlds for Whom?

Ethics, Moralities and Mobilities, 1st Edition

Edited by Anssi Paasi, Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, Jarkko Saarinen, Kaj Zimmerbauer


238 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The optimism heralded by the end of the Cold War and the idea of an emerging borderless world was soon shadowed by conflicts, wars, terrorism, and new border walls. Migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees have simultaneously become key political figures. Border and mobility studies are now two sides of the same coin.

The chapters of this volume reflect the changing relations between borders, bordering practices, and mobilities. They provide both theoretical insights and contextual knowledge on how borders, bordering practices, and ethical issues come together in mobilities. The chapters scrutinize how bounded (territorial) and open/networked (relational) spaces manifest in various contexts. The first section, ‘Borders in a borderless world’, raises theoretical questions. The second, ‘Politics of inclusion and exclusion’, looks at bordering practices in the context of migration. The third section, ‘Contested mobilities and encounters’, focuses on tourism, which has been an ‘accepted’ form of mobility but which has recently become an object of critique because of overtourism. Section four, ‘Borders, security, politics’, examines bordering practices and security in the EU and beyond, highlighting how the migration/border politics nexus has become a national and supra-national political challenge.

The chapters of this interdisciplinary volume contribute both conceptually and empirically to understanding contemporary bordering practices and mobilities. It is essential reading for geographers, political scientists, sociologists, and international relations scholars interested in the contemporary meanings of borders and mobilities.


"This book could not be more timely as immigration becomes the issue that could break the European Union and border anxieties pervade the world of states. The book focuses on the neglected ethical dilemmas of borders: from the ways migrants are categorized as refugees and ‘economic’ migrants, for example, to the fact that tourism, one of the world's major industries by value-added, depends on easy border crossing even as others are excluded, and the idea of a world without borders as being necessarily more just than the one we presently have. If populist politicians would read more, including this book, they might rant less and reason more."

– Professor John Agnew, UCLA, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: borders, ethics, and mobilities Anssi Paasi, Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, Jarkko Saarinen, and Kaj Zimmerbauer Part I: Borders in a borderless world 2. Borderless worlds and beyond: challenging the state-centric cartographies Anssi Paasi 3. Imagining a borderless world Harald Bauder 4. Borders, distance, politics Paolo Novak Part II: Politics of inclusion and exclusion 5. 'Borderless' Europe and Brexit: young European migrant accounts of media uses and moralities Aija Lulle 6. Everyday bordering, healthcare, and the politics of belonging in contemporary Britain Kathryn Cassidy 7. 'Delay and Neglect': the everyday geopolitics of humanitarian borders Elisa Pascucci, Jouni Häkli and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio 8. Asylum reception and the politicization of national identity in Finland: a gender perspective Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola Part III: Contested mobilities and encounters 9. Tourism, border politics, and the fault lines of mobility Raoul V. Bianchi and Marcus L. Stephenson10. Commodification of contested borderscapes for tourism development: viability, community representation, and equity of relic Iron Curtain and Sudetenland heritage tourism landscapes Arie Stoffelen and Dominique Vanneste 11. Contested mobilities across the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border: the case of Sheung Shui J.J. Zhang Part IV: Borders, security, politics 12. Trade, Trump, Security, and Ethics: The Canada-US Border in Continental Perspective Heather N. Nicol and Karen G. Everett 13. Ontological (in)security: the EU’s bordering dilemma and neighbourhood Jussi P. Laine and James W. Scott 14. An ethical code for cross-border governance:what does the European Union say on the ethics of cross-border cooperation? Elisabetta Nadalutti 15. The role of ‘nature’ at the EU maritime borders: agency, ethics, and accountability Estela Schindel 16. Afterword: borders are there to be crossed (but not by everybody) Noel B. Salazar

About the Editors

Anssi Paasi is Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, and the Director of the RELATE Center of Excellence (Academy of Finland).

Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola is Senior Research Fellow at the Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, and a Docent in Human Geography and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland.

Jarkko Saarinen is Professor of Geography in the University of Oulu, Finland, and Distinguished Visiting Professor (Sustainability Management) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kaj Zimmerbauer is Docent at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Scientific Coordinator in the RELATE Center of Excellence (Academy of Finland).

About the Series

Border Regions Series

Border Regions Series
In recent years, borders have taken on an immense significance. Throughout the world they have shifted, been constructed and dismantled, and become physical barriers between socio-political ideologies. They may separate societies with very different cultures, histories, national identities or economic power, or divide people of the same ethnic or cultural identity. As manifestations of some of the world's key political, economic, societal and cultural issues, borders and border regions have received much academic attention over the past decade. This valuable series publishes high quality research monographs and edited comparative volumes that deal with all aspects of border regions, both empirically and theoretically. It will appeal to scholars interested in border regions and geopolitical issues across the whole range of social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography