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Borderscaping: Imaginations and Practices of Border Making

1st Edition

By Chiara Brambilla, Jussi Laine, Gianluca Bocchi


280 pages

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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.


’This absorbing collection revisits the concept of borderscapes in the light of new writing on territory, landscape and place. The empirical focus on the margins of Europe is timely at a moment of new geopolitical tensions in the East and appalling migrant suffering and deaths in the Mediterranean. But the book is far from bleak, and also celebrates diverse border-crossings.’ James D. Sidaway, National University of Singapore, Singapore ’This captivating volume engages with borders and bordering processes in all of their diversity: from the ever harder (and harsher) territorialities of border controls at states’ external frontiers, to the ways in which borders travel on individual bodies. This range of approaches and sites/scales of analysis makes it a truly unique collection, bringing perspectives from border studies and political geography together with performative and artistic practice - and thus opening up new possibilities for re-figuring European borders today.’ Luiza Bialasiewicz, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: thinking, mapping, acting and living borders under contemporary globalisation, Chiara Brambilla, Jussi Laine, James W. Scott and Gianluca Bocchi. Part I Conceptual Change in Thinking Borders: Spaces, lines, borders: imaginaries and images, Anna Krasteva; Beyond constructivism: Europeanisation and bordering under the impact of power and imaginaries, Hans-Joachim Burkner; Redesigning borderlands: using the Janus-face of borders as a resource, Henk van Houtum and Mark Eker; New geo-graphies of border(land)-scapes, Elena dell'Agnese. Part II Everyday Processes of Bordering: Remaking the border: post-Soviet borderscapes in the Finnish media, Jussi Laine and Miika Tervonen; From frontline to borderscape: the Hizbullah Memorial Museum in South Lebanon, Daniel Meier; On the metaphor of the 'Bulgarian question' in Croatian literary narrative: enquiring into the key bordering themes of post-1989 Balkans, Ivana Trkulja; The construction of socio-spatial identities alongside the Schengen border: bordering and border-crossing processes in the Croatian-Slovenian borderlands, Marta Zorko. Part III Exploring Shifting Euro/Mediterranean Borderscapes: Navigating the Euro/African border and migration nexus through the borderscapes lens: insights from the LampedusaInFestival, Chiara Brambilla; Euro-African invisibilisations in the border(land)scape of Punta Tarifa, Xavier Ferrer-Gallardo, Abel Albet-Mas and Keina Espineira; Humanitarianism and migration in the Mediterranean borderscape: the Italian-North African border between sea patrols and integration measures, Paolo Cuttitta; Between asylum and security: reconfigurations in the EU/Turkish borderscapes, Martin Lemberg-Pedersen; Cross-border cooperation as a territorial/relational approach to regional development?, Filippo Celata and Raffaella Coletti; Addressing Euro-Mediterranean border imaginations from a project-based perspective, Alice Buoli. Part IV Rebordering State Spaces: City Borders and Border Cities: Metamorphosis of city borders, Anna Lazzarini; Everyday bordering and raids every day: the invisible empire and metropolitan borderscapes, Georgie Wemyss; Living through the camp: Roma segregation and border-crossing in the city of Naples, Caterina Miele; Shifting borderscapes of London in Monica Ali's narrative, Maria Cristina Paganoni. Part V Cultural Production and the Emergence of New Borderscapes: Seeing and thinking borders, Holger Potzsch; Borders and transitive identities in Jamal Mahjoub's 'Last Thoughts on the Medusa', Jopi Nyman; Operationalising borders: Euro/African borderscapes on stage, Claudia Gualtieri; Contemporary art for mapping new borderscapes, Cristina Giudice. Index.

About the Authors

Chiara Brambilla is Research Fellow in Anthropology and Geography at the Centre for Research on Complexity (CERCO), University of Bergamo, Italy. Jussi Laine, DSocSci, is a senior researcher at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland and Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Association for Borderlands Studies James Wesley Scott is Professor of Regional and Border Studies at the Karelian Institute at the University of Eastern Finland. Gianluca Bocchi is Director of the Centre for Research on Complexity (CERCO) and Full Professor of Philosophy of Sciences and Global Sciences at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

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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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography