Borders and Bordering: Towards an Interdisciplinary Dialogue

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The renaissance of border studies during the past decade has been characterized by a crossing of disciplinary borders, bringing together geographers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, legal experts, along with border practitioners engaged in the practical aspects of boundary demarcation, delimitation and management. This growth in border studies runs contrary to much of the globalization discourse which was prevalent during the late 1980s and early 1990s, positing a new 'borderless' world, in which the barrier impact of borders became insignificant. The article points to the common use of terminology which can create a shared border discourse among a diverse group of scholars, such as boundary demarcation, the nature of frontiers, borderlands and transition zones, and the ways in which borders are crossed. The article also discusses the reclosing of borders which is taking place as a result of 9/11 as part of the stated war against global terror.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2006


  • Borderlands and transition zones
  • Borders
  • Boundary reclosing
  • Demarcation
  • Inter-disciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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