Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power by Nick Vaughan-Williams

By Nick Vaughan-Williams

Winner of the Gold Award, 2011 previous Presidents' ebook festival, organization of Borderlands experiences. This ebook, newly on hand in paperback, provides a particular theoretical method of the matter of borders within the learn of world politics. It turns from present debates in regards to the presence or absence of borders among states to think about the chance that the idea that of the border of the nation is being reconfigured in modern political life.The writer makes use of serious assets present in poststructuralist inspiration to imagine in new methods concerning the courting among borders, safety and sovereign strength, drawing on quite a number thinkers together with Agamben, Derrida and Foucault. He highlights the need of a extra pluralized and radicalised view of what borders are and the place they may be chanced on and makes use of the matter of borders to significantly discover the thoughts and bounds of poststructuralist scholarship.

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Htm (accessed 6 August 2008). Carrera, ‘The EU Border Management Strategy’, 2007, p. 12. eu/ (accessed 6 August 2008). Ibid. Ibid. Bailey, ‘Stemming the Immigration Wave’, 2006. Ibid. Carrera, ‘The EU Border Management Strategy’, 2007. ‘Response of the United States of America’ 2005, p. 52. UNESCCHR, ‘Situation of Detainees in Guantanamo Bay’, 2006, p. 24. , pp. 24–5. org/pages/guantanamobay-index-eng (accessed 8 August 2008). In June 2004 the Supreme Court held that US courts have jurisdiction to consider challenges to the legality of detention of foreign nationals in Guantánamo.

13. , p. 3. , p. 4 (emphasis added). Quoted in Gregory, ‘The Black Flag’, 2006, p. 411. Human Rights Committee, ‘General Comment No. 31’, 2004. International Court of Justice, ‘Legal Consequences’, 2004. Ibid. (emphasis added). Gregory, ‘The Black Flag’, 2006, p. 407. Balibar, ‘The Borders of Europe’, 1998, p. 220. Chapter 2 THE STUDY OF BORDERS IN GLOBAL POLITICS: FROM GEOPOLITICS TO BIOPOLITICS Bordering practices that are seemingly at odds with the modern geopolitical imaginary, such as those explored in Chapter 1, demand a stocktake of what critical resources might be available for new ways of thinking about what borders are, where they come from, and what they do in contemporary political life.

Prima facie, the UK government’s designation of its ‘new border doctrine’ as something ‘new’ is perhaps dubious when considered against the backdrop of colonial and imperial legacies. Indeed, given the historic work of British Embassies and Consulates overseas in upholding the global visa regime, together with travel advisories and foreign policy more generally, it could be argued that recent notions of ‘offshore’ bordering in the UK and EU contexts reflect much older bordering practices. 71 Taking a broad historical view, the attempt to striate space, create territory and produce b/ordered subjects is arguably something rather familiar to the modern geopolitical imaginary and marks more a continuation than a departure from it.

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