- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.
Chapter 28: Re-Bordering Spaces
The Nation-State and the Legacy of Border Studies
Borders and boundaries are everywhere. Individuals and human communities define and structure the social world by making distinctions between groups, spaces, times, objects and meanings. We encounter borders constantly in our everyday lives, and know how to respect or transgress them by intuition, experience or reasoning. Broadly speaking, borders and boundaries represent an immense area of research including almost everything that pertains to humans and societies.
In the context of political geography, the topic is much more focused. The sub-discipline's tradition has typically approached borders through a geopolitical prism, typically as part of nation-state territoriality, or as dividers between geopolitical blocs. In retrospect, the involvement of political geography with states and their geopolitics may seem obvious. ...