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The Study of Borders In Global Politics: From Geopolitics to Biopolitics

Nick Vaughan-Williams

in Border Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637324
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.003.0002
The Study of Borders In Global Politics: From Geopolitics to Biopolitics

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This chapter provides a brief but detailed overview of the study of borders in IR, critical geopolitics and the interdisciplinary subfield of border studies. It offers an impression of the current ‘state of the art’ of existing literature that deals in various ways with the concept of the border of the state. To this end, the primary purpose of the survey is to accumulate, in a positive fashion, different insights and perspectives from a range of writings that can be mobilised to assist in conceptualising emerging practices. The chapter argues that it is possible to detect the beginnings of a shift in border studies from a geopolitical to a biopolitical horizon of analysis.

Keywords: border studies; International Relations; geopolitics; biopolitics

Chapter.  9854 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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