1st Edition

Physical and Symbolic Borders and Boundaries and How They Unfold in Space An Inquiry on Making, Unmaking and Remaking Borders and Boundaries Across the World

Edited By Basak Tanulku, Simone Pekelsma Copyright 2024
    312 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book critically examines how borders and boundaries, physical and symbolic, unfold in different geographies and spaces. It aims to understand why they exist and how they are constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed.

    The book explores why certain borders/boundaries persist while others are removed, and new ones are erected. It does not focus on one form of border, boundary or geographic location. It shifts its attention to different geographies, borders, and boundaries. It also focuses on intersections between them and how they complete each other. The book provides case studies from the past and present, allowing readers to connect subjects, periods, and geographies. The chapters address classical subjects such as nation-states and tackle novel questions such as ownership against access, that is, of urban infrastructures, COVID-19 and lockdowns, and the divides within digital worlds. The book benefits from visual essays that complement the theoretical and empirical chapters, showing the complexity of the phenomenon in a simple and effective way.

    The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students working in the fields of urban and rural studies, urban sociology, cities and communities, urban and regional planning, urban anthropology, political sciences and migration studies, human geography, cultural geography, urban anthropology, and visual arts.

    "Introduction: A world supposed to be borderless" by Basak Tanulku and Simone Pekelsma


    Section 1: Borders, identity, and space


    1.     “The unbearable division of being. A gender approach to the physical and symbolic boundaries between men and women” by Maricela Guzmán Cáceres.

    2.     “‘Casteised Borders’ and Dalit women in Mumbai” by Abhinaya Ramesh.

    3.     “The politics of everyday gendered boundaries: (inter)national legislation, local norms, and young women's (im)mobility in a rural area on Europe's edge” by Elena Mamoulaki.

    4.     “National (de)fence” by Paula Kaniewska.


    Section 2: Borders and the city


    5.     “Of Gates and Windows: Advertising Imagery of Palos Verdes Estates and other Olmsted Brothers' Gated Communities” by Nicolas Marine.

    6.     “Who lives behind the wall?: views from non-gated residents about gated communities in Costa Rica” by Karla Barrantes Chaves.

    7.      “Boundaries between private and public in the construction of limits on social housing in Sydney, Australia” by Greta Werner.

    8.      “Mobile borders on ordinary urban displacement: certain effects of the ‘criminal subjection’ in the city of Rio de Janeiro”, by Vittorio Talone.

    9.      “News Journalism and the Reproduction of urban borders, stigma, and inequalities in post-apartheid South Africa” by Kristen Hill Maher and Renee Owens.

    10.   “Stay away from me, but don’t fly away: A dramaturgical approach to the tourist-seagull distancing during aperitivo time in Venice” by Francesco Zuccolo.

    11.   “Ghetto: Aerial photographs of exclusion inside or outside in case of Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split” by Ana Peraica.


    Section 3: Borders across and beyond the country


    12.  “How transport infrastructures become personal, social, ecological, and land use boundaries” by Job van Eldijk and Paulo Anciaes .

    13.   “Fragmented Frictional Flows: Deconstructing discursive boundaries in the pursuit of contextual infrastructure imaginaries” by Jonas Le Thierry d’Ennequin.

    14.   “Where do First Nations travel in the news media?: Spatial analysis of news stories on First Nations in The Australian and the Daily Liberal” by Holly Randell-Moon.

    15.   “Immunity Borders: Re-framing Schengen border security through immunity paradigm” by Chiara Davino and Lorenza Villani.

    16.   “Aquamobile transit and maritime boundary making” by Sharon R. Roseman.


    Epilogue: “A research agenda for border studies. On relational borders, chronopolitics, and border art” by Luca P. Cirillo, Paschalina T. Garidou, and Henk van Houtum.


    Basak Tanulku is an independent scholar based in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD degree in sociology, Lancaster University in the UK. She conducted her PhD study on gated communities. Since then, Tanulku has worked on different subjects, such as socio-spatial fragmentation, urban transformation and vacancy, urban gardens, alternative spaces and initiatives, urban protests, and the conflicts that emerge in public spaces and commons, boundary-making, and the interaction between space and people. Lastly, Tanulku works on the Lake District and Cumbria (England), particularly on the interaction between its natural and cultural elements and its culture and wild(er)ness.

    Simone Pekelsma is in the final stages of her PhD at Radboud University. She has a great interest in translating her academic work to other worlds, including, for example, policy (i.e. Eurocities) and popular science (Geografie and Agora Magazine). Simone currently works for Utrecht University in a double role. She is a knowledge broker/business developer in human geography and spatial planning and the managing director of a research hub on the future of food.