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A boundary line established by a state, or a region, to define its spatial extent—‘central multi-scalar nodes where power, place and identity intersect’ (Kaiser and Nikiforova (2006) Ethnic & Racial Studs. 29, 5). Borderlands are fundamental to the way that citizenship, identity, and the nation are imagined, policed, and performed. While in the European Union borders have become increasingly porous, struggles over the demarcation of borders have caused major conflicts in, for example, the former Yugoslavia; see Corson and Turregano (2002) GeoJournal 57, 4 and Klemenčić and Gosar (2000) GeoJournal 52, 2, who also examine ‘the unintended consequences of creating an uncontrolled political and security space in the midst of a zone of conflict’.

K. Ohmae (1999) is not alone in identifying a move to a borderless world, brought about by globalization, a conclusion contested by Yeung (1998) TIBG23, 3 and Sparke et al. (2004) TIBG29, 4. See also W. Maley et al. (2000) on refugees and the ‘myth of the borderless world’.

http://www.borderlandsejournal.adelaide.edu.au/issues/index.html The e-journal borderlands, published by the University of Adelaide.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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