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Alternative Border Imaginaries: The Politics of Framing

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/9780748637324.003.0005
Alternative Border Imaginaries: The Politics of Framing

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This chapter begins by assessing what the implications of the concept of the generalised biopolitical border might be and how this differs from the concept of the border of the state. It returns to the examples of the work that the latter does in contemporary political life in respect of framing the understanding of juridical-political order, the production of identities of citizen-subjects and global security relations. By rereading these examples in the light of the concept of the generalised biopolitical border, the chapter then explores how this alternative frame might entail new modes of practice/theory. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's account of the politics of framing, the chapter ends on a note of caution about the way in which thinking in terms of the generalised biopolitical border runs the risk of foisting the same problematic sense of form, shape and coherence on ‘global politics’ as a totality.

Keywords: state border; biopolitical border; juridical-political order; global security; Jacques Derrida; framing

Chapter.  12463 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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