Addressing and conceptualizing the changing character of borders in contemporary Europe, this book examines developments occurring in the light of European integration processes and an on-going tightening of Europe's external borders. Moreover, the book suggests new ways of investigating the nature of European borders by looking at border practices in the light of the mobility turn, and thus as dynamic, multiple, diverse and best expressed in everyday experiences of people living at and with borders, rather than focusing on static territorial divisions between states and regions at geopolitical level. It provides border scholars and researchers as well as policymakers with new empirical and theoretical evidence on the de- and re-bordering processes going on in diverse border regions in Europe, both within and outside of the EU.
'Moving from the practices of Ukrainian smugglers to policy making in Brussels this book gives a refreshingly new and impressive analysis of the changing roles of borders in Europe.' Orvar LÃ¶fgren, Lund University, Sweden 'Borders have become a major object of research in social and cultural sciences since the 1990s. Yet, in spite of the popularity of the border theme, the boundary lines between various academic fields have often remained high and prevented a dialogue between scholars. This edited collection takes a useful step towards interdisciplinarity. It brings together contributions from several academic fields and provides a balanced package of theoretical discussion and empirical studies related to the rescaling of European spaces, to the meanings of borders in everyday practices and to current mobilities. This book is a useful addition to contemporary border literature.' Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, Finland ’An excellent and insightful collection of essays on the fascinating and steadily growing field of border studies. With a clear and timely focus on the multiple b/ordering practices in and of the EU - highly recommended.’ Henk van Houtum, University of Bergamo, Italy and Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Contents: Introduction, Dorte Jagetic Andersen and Marie Sandberg; Part I Europe Re-scaling and its New Security Regimes: Re-scaling Europe, Michael Keating; Forcing flows of migrants: European externalization and border-induced displacement, Martin Lemberg-Pedersen; Mobile regions: competitive regional concepts (not only) in the Danish-German border region, Martin Klatt. Part II Researching Everyday Practices at Borders: Revisiting the anthropology of policy and borders in Europe, Thomas M. Wilson; Borders from the perspective of 'ants': petty smugglers from the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka, Marta Byrska-Szklarczyk; Border orderings: the co-existence of border focusing and letting border issues take a back seat at the German-Polish border, Marie Sandberg; The multiple politics of borders: images of the Slovenian-Croatian border on Istria from the perspective of an ethnographer on the move, Dorte Jagetic Andersen. Part III Cross-Border Cooperation and Mobility: Boundary objects in border research: methodological reflections with examples from two European borderlands, Jouni HÃ¤kli; The (in)visible wall of Fortress Europe? Elite migrating youth perceiving the sensitive Polish-Ukrainian border, Anna Gawlewicz and Carsten Yndigegn; Living (beyond) the border: European integration processes and cross-border residential mobility in the Italian-Slovenian border area, Devan Jagodic; Explaining coverage: why local governments in Central Europe join (or not join) Euroregions?, GergÃ¶ Medve-BÃ¡lint and Sara Svensson; Afterword, Olivier Thomas Kramsch; Index.