1st Edition

Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World A Preferred Future

Edited By Leanne Weber Copyright 2015
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a new point of departure for thinking critically and creatively about international borders and the perceived need to defend them, adopting an innovative ‘preferred future’ methodology.

    The authors critically examine a range of ‘border domains’ including law, citizenship, governance, morality, security, economy, culture and civil society, which provide the means and justification for contemporary border controls, and identify early signs that the dynamics of sovereignty and borders are being fundamentally transformed under conditions of neoliberal globalization. The goal is to locate potential pathways towards the preferred future of relaxed borders, and provide a foundation for a progressive politics dedicated to moving beyond mere critique of the harm and inequity of border controls and capable of envisaging a differently bordered world.

    This book will be of considerable interest to students of border studies, migration, criminology, peacemaking, critical security studies and IR in general.

    Editor's Preface, Leanne Weber 1. Peace at the Border: A Thought Experiment, Leanne Weber 2. The law of the border and the borders of law: rethinking border control from the perspective of the individual, Valsamis Mitsilegas 3. The Limits of Inclusion: Globalization, Neoliberal Capitalism and State Policies of Border Control, Leonidas K. Cheliotis 4. Security and peace in the US–Mexico borderlands, Raymond Michalowski 5. Superseding citizenship, Tiziana Torresi 6. State borders, human mobility and social equality: from blueprints to pathways, Galina Cornelisse 7. Open borders and the survival of national cultures, George Vasilev 8. Moral communities across the border: the particularism of law meets the universalism of ethics, Barbara Hudson 9. Border protests: the role of civil society in transforming border control, Vanessa Barker 10. Conclusion: Prospects for peace at the border, Leanne Weber  COMMENTARIES: Rethinking borders as membranes, Rainer Bauböck; Borders and borderings, Saskia Sassen; Transforming borders from below, Nancy Wonders Afterword, Leanne Weber


    Leanne Weber is Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Policing Non Citizens (2013) and co-author of Crime, Justice and Human Rights (2014, with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo) and Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier (2011, with Sharon Pickering).

    'As this volume shows, the emerging field of ‘critical border studies’ offers more than a deconstructive diagnostics of current global border arrangements, necessary though that is. These essays also sketch out hopeful, but non-quixotic, parameters to help guide more just and humane border practices going forward.' -- Linda Bosniak, Rutgers University, USA

    'A distinctive and important contribution to interdisciplinary debates about the changing nature and location of borders under conditions of globalisation, this edited volume dares to push the limits of the modern geopolitical imagination. No utopian project, the ‘'peace at the border'’ experiment offers an historically-grounded, conceptually sophisticated, and politically astute attempt to (re)think the conditions of possibility for alternative border logics. Anyone interested in questions and practices relating to borders, sovereignty, territory, and their contemporary transformations should read this book.' -- Nick Vaughan-Williams, University of Warwick, UK

    ‘Weber’s collection offers a dynamic and creative response to the current policy paralysis facing migration analysts. It mixes pragmatism and idealism to imagine a better future for people on the move. This courageous and optimistic project enriches our global conversation immensely. A powerful idea, long overdue.’ -- Catherine Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, Canada

    ‘The goal of this innovative book is to explore existing legal, economic, political, cultural and social resources for the transformation of border control in a more open and peaceful direction. It makes a distinctive and important contribution to contemporary discussions of migration.’ -- Joseph H. Carens, University of Toronto, Canada  

    ‘The contributors to this fascinating and original book face up to one of the biggest challenges in politics today: how can people living in democracies move beyond excessive anxiety about the movement of migrants across the borders of states, and begin to accept the fact of its mundane normalcy in our modern globalised world? The approaches mapped out in these pages lay out the ways in which we might yet come up with positive answers to this most pressing of questions.’ -- Don Flynn, Migrants' Rights Network, UK

    "While addressing and acknowledging the frictions between the different interests and values that are involved in border control and the management of cross-border mobility today, Rethinking Border Control aims to constructively contribute to the public and political discourse on these matters and stimulate discussions on potential path-ways towards change... The collection offers a substantial amount of ‘food for thought’, with authors coming from different disciplines and talking about different regions in the world." - Maartje van der Woude, Leiden University, British Journal of Criminology