1st Edition

Debating and Defining Borders Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives

Edited By Anthony Cooper, Søren Tinning Copyright 2020
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together insights from border scholars and philosophers to ask how we are to define and understand concepts of borders today. Borders have a defining role in contemporary societies. Take, for example, the 2016 US election and the UK Brexit referendum, and subsequent debate, where the rhetoric and symbolism of border controls proved fundamental to the outcomes. However, borders are also becoming ever more multifaceted and complex, representing intersections of political, economical, social, and cultural interests.

    For some, borders are tangible, situated in time and place; for others, the nature of borders can be abstracted and discussed in general terms. By discussing borders philosophically and theoretically, this edited collection tackles head on the most defi ning and challenging questions within the fi eld of border studies regarding the defi nition of its very object of study. Part 1 of the book consists of theoretical contributions from border scholars, Part 2 takes a philosophical approach, and Part 3 brings together chapters where philosophy and border studies are directly related.

    Borders intersect with the key issues of our time, from migration, climate change vulnerability, terror, globalization, inequality, and nationalism, to intertwining questions of culture, identity, ideology, and religion. This book will be of interest to those studying in these fields, and most especially to researchers of border studies and philosophy.

    Foreword Introduction: Thinking Theoretically and Philosophically about the Concept of the Border  Part I Border studies  1. How Do We Theorise Borders and Why Should We Do It?: Some Theoretical and Methodological Challenges  2. Borders and Boundaries?: Reflections on Conceptual Distinctions of Borders in Sociological Theory  3. Borderwork and its Contraries: Boundary-making and the re-imagining of borders  4. Dwelling Space versus Geopolitical Space: Reexamining Border Studies in Light of the "Crisis of Borders"  5. Outflanking the Border Wall at La Frontera  Part II Philosophy  6. The Bounds of Hospitality  7. Emplaced at the Thresholds of Life: Toward a Phenomenological An-Archeology of Borders and Human Bounding  8. Homeland and Politics of Space  9. Translating as Bordering: An Encounter with the Foreign Saša Hrnjez  10. Limit and Threshold: Knowledge and Ethics in the Making  11. One Small Step: Onto-politics of the Limit as Ontology of the Possible Transformation  Part III Border Studies and Philosophy  12. Bridging Border Studies and Philosophy: The Border and the Limit  13. The Janusface of the Monad versus the Nomad; an essay on the philosophy of B/ordering and Othering  14. Moving Borders  15. Walled Borders: Beyond the Barriers of Immunity of the Nation-States  16. Beyond Borders: Autoimmune Practices in a State of Law (an aporia)  17. Threshold Experience and the Delineation of Boundaries   Conclusion


    Anthony Cooper is a research fellow at Keele University, UK.

    Søren Tinning is a journalist and independent scholar.