Debating and Defining Borders: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives

1st Edition

Anthony Cooper, Søren Tinning

August 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815357179 - CAT# K346528
Series: Routledge Borderlands Studies

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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 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 defining and challenging questions within the field of border studies regarding the definition of its very object of study. Part one of the book consists of theoretical contributions from border scholars, part two takes a philosophical approach, and part three 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.


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