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About borderlands VOLUME 10 NUMBER 1, 2011


Bordering Beyond State Boundaries

Nick Vaughan-Williams, Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power,
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Ari Jerrems
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

In Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power Nick Vaughan-Williams explores a new theoretical approach to border studies. While the majority of contemporary debate is restricted to an argument based on the presence or absence of State borders, Vaughan-Williams attempts to introduce a biopolitical understanding of bordering which challenges the relevance of this argument. Vaughan-Williams suggests that bordering is no longer restricted to the territorial boundaries of the Nation-State. This review essay critically engages Vaughan-Williams’ theoretical innovations and their philosophical origins.

The full article is available as a PDF document: click here.

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