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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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Violence, Territory and the Borders of Juridical–Political Order: Problematising the Limits of Sovereign Power

Violence, Territory and the Borders of Juridical–Political Order: Problematising the Limits of Sovereign Power

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(p.65) Chapter 3 Violence, Territory and the Borders of Juridical–Political Order: Problematising the Limits of Sovereign Power
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Border Politics
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Nick Vaughan-Williams

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.003.0003

This chapter moves away from the IR and related literature to explore potential resources in post-structuralist thought for an interrogation of the concept of the border of the state, highlighting the relation between state borders and practices of violence, sovereignty and (bio)power. First, it draws upon the work of Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida to analyse the violent foundations of the juridical-political order. Second, the chapter uses Carl Schmitt's paradigmatic account of sovereignty and later treatment of the relationship between spatial ordering and law to offer an interpretation of borders as exceptional spaces. Third, it explores Michel Foucault's treatment of (bio)power and notion of biopolitics.

Keywords:   post-structuralist thought, state border, violence, sovereignty, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault, biopower

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