Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.



Definition: Geographical and political lines that divide and join countries, lines crossed by migrants and/or fortified with barriers of various types by states hoping to keep migrants out.

Although migration is a broadly social phenomenon rather than merely geographical, the geography of nation-states is nonetheless an important contextual factor for migration, and the borders between states help define the act of migration. Borders are not only the point of crossing (or exclusion) – they mark the spaces whose differences make migration a consequential act. The notion of differences is central to migration: in one space, an individual is at home, a member, a citizen; in another space that person is a ‘foreigner’, and the perception of foreignness is an essential component of the concept of ...

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