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Border PoliticsThe Limits of Sovereign Power$
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Nick Vaughan-Williams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637324

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.001.0001

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

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

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Border Politics

Nick Vaughan-Williams

Edinburgh University Press

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

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