Where are Europe’s New Borders?
Critical Insights into Contemporary European Bordering
Europe’s borders have always been historically ambiguous and dynamic, whereby borders shift and change character and new borders replace older ones. By focusing upon the title question ‘where are Europe’s new borders’, this volume looks at the present state of European bordering and questions the often taken for granted relationships between borders, borderers and the bordered. While each chapter concentrates on a different (but overlapping) border issue or perspective, they are united through their focus on the level of everyday bordering practices and experiences, as well as the meaning that borders have upon all stakeholders and the relationships between them. To talk about border meaning (including the perspective of the researchers themselves), and how that meaning continually (re)creates and is (re)created by bordering practices, is to critically question where important borders lie, why and for whom do they matter and how are they imposed, maintained and resisted. As a result the chapters engage with issues of border violence, the power of maps and symbols (carto-politics), migrant mobility, gender and the rise of the far right in Europe. Taken together this edited collection will be of interest to border scholars as well as students of European politics more generally. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Where Are Europe’s New Borders? Ontology, Methodology and Framing 2. Inverting the Telescope on Borders that Matter: Conversations in Café Europa 3. Lies, Damned Lies & Maps: The EU’s Cartopolitical Invention of Europe 4. The Never-Ending Journey? Exclusive Jurisdictions and Migrant Mobility in Europe 5. Borders and Fear: Insecurity, Gender and the Far Right in Europe 6. The EU and Democratic Leverage: Are There Still Lessons to be Learnt from the Spanish Transition to Democracy?
Anthony Cooper is a research fellow at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queens University Belfast. His research interests coalesce around the theoretical and multidisciplinary study of borders and bordering. He is particularly interested in borders and their overlapping connection to globalisation, power, identity and everyday politics, practices and experiences.