Rethinking Borders Beyond the State

Bibliography File Note.

Type
Journal Article

Author
William Walters

URL
http://ift.tt/2fiO2md

Rights
© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2006

Volume
4

Issue
2/3

Pages
141-159

Publication
Comparative European Politics

ISSN
14724790

Date
Jul/Sep 2006

DOI
http://ift.tt/2encnC5

Accessed
2016-10-30 04:38:51

Library Catalog
ProQuest

Language
English

Abstract
This paper explores three ways of imagining borders in Europe. The first is the most common. It sees borders in relation to an emergent European region-state or polity. The second looks beyond conventional political figures and uses the gated community to think about the complex political affects and social identities that invest the border. The third also breaks with standard political images, but this time by drawing upon the realm of information technology. Here I thematize the firewall — a non-geographical, non-territorial figure, and non-linear form of border. My second and third images are closer to Foucault’s idea of a diagram. The point of the exercise is not to establish which is the most accurate. If borders are multiplicities then we need a plurality of concepts to think their different dimensions and changing functions. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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