Fences and neighbours in the postmodern world: Boundary narratives in political geography

David Newman, Anssi Paasi

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State boundaries have constituted a major topic in the tradition of political geography. Boundary analysis has focused on the international scale, since international boundaries provide perhaps the most explicit manifestation of the large-scale connection between politics and geography. The past decade has witnessed a renewed interest in boundaries, both within geography and from the wider field of social theory. Geographers have sought to place the notions of boundary within other social theoretical constructs, while other social scientists have attempted to understand the role of space and, in some cases, territory in their understanding of personal, group, and national boundaries and identities. Recent studies include analyses of the postmodern ideas of territoriality and the 'disappearance' of borders, the construction of sociospatial identities, socialization narratives in which boundaries are responsible for creating the 'us' and the 'Other', and the different scale dimensions of boundary research. These can be brought together within a multidimensional, multidisciplinary framework for the future study of boundary phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Essays in Human Geography
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351910286
ISBN (Print)9780754626909
StatePublished - 15 May 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)


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