The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 18: The Political Sociology and Political Geography of Borders
If political sociology can be broadly defined as the study of the relationships between the state, society, and people, then borders provide key points of intersection and interaction for studying those relations. As such, borders are intimately involved with and lie at the heart of a whole host of contemporary issues, ranging from national security and economic development to migration and cultural identity. It is hardly surprising, then, that a growing body of scholars, including economists, geographers, historians, lawyers, political scientists, and of course sociologists, have made borders the focal points of their research (see ...