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Connecting critical issues of state sovereignty with empirical concerns, Borderscapes interrogates the limits of political space. The essays in this volume analyze everyday procedures, such as the classifying of migrants and refugees, security in European and American detention centers, and the DNA sampling of migrants in Thailand, showing the border as a moral construct rich with panic, danger, and patriotism.

 

Conceptualizing such places as immigration detention camps and refugee camps as areas of political contestation, this work forcefully argues that borders and migration are, ultimately, inextricable from questions of justice and its limits.

 

Contributors:  Didier Bigo, Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris; Karin Dean; Elspeth Guild, U of Nijmegen; Emma Haddad; Alexander Horstmann, U of Münster; Alice M. Nah, National U of Singapore; Suvendrini Perera, Curtin U of Technology, Australia; James D. Sidaway, U of Plymouth, UK; Nevzat Soguk, U of Hawai‘i; Decha Tangseefa, Thammasat U, Bangkok; Mika Toyota, National U of Singapore.

 

Prem Kumar Rajaram is assistant professor of sociology and social anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Carl Grundy-Warr is senior lecturer of geography at the National University of Singapore.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. About the Series, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Prem Kumar Rajaram, Carl Grundy-Warr
  3. pp. ix-xl
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  1. Part I: Knowledge, Power, Surveillance
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Detention of Foreigners, States of Exception, and the Social Practices of Control of the Banopticon
  2. Didier Bigo
  3. pp. 3-34
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  1. 2. Struggling with (Il)Legality: The Indeterminate Functioning of Malaysia’s Borders for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Stateless Persons
  2. Alice M. Nah
  3. pp. 35-64
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  1. 3. The Foreigner in the Security Continuum: Judicial Resistance in the United Kingdom
  2. Elspeth Guild
  3. pp. 65-90
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  1. 4. Ambivalent Categories: Hill Tribes and Illegal Migrants in Thailand
  2. Mika Toyota
  3. pp. 91-116
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  1. Part II: Borderpanic: Representing Migrants and Borders
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. 5. Danger Happens at the Border
  2. Emma Haddad
  3. pp. 119-136
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  1. 6. Violence, Subversion, and Creativity in the Thai–Malaysian Borderland
  2. Alexander Horstmann
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. Part III: Rethinking Borderscapes: Mapping Hidden Geographies
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. 7. The Poetry of Boundaries
  2. James D. Sidaway
  3. pp. 161-182
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  1. 8. The Sites of the Sino–Burmese and Thai–Burmese Boundaries: Transpositions between the Conceptual and Life Worlds
  2. Karin Dean
  3. pp. 183-200
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  1. 9. A Pacific Zone? (In)Security, Sovereignty, and Stories of the Pacific Borderscape
  2. Suvendrini Perera
  3. pp. 201-228
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  1. Part IV: Rethinking Borderscapes: The New Political
  2. pp. 229-230
  1. 10. “Temporary Shelter Areas” and the Paradox of Perceptibility: Imperceptible Naked-Karens in the Thai–Burmese Border Zones
  2. Decha Tangseefa
  3. pp. 231-262
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  1. 11. Locating Political Space through Time: Asylum and Excision in Australia
  2. Prem Kumar Rajaram
  3. pp. 263-282
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  1. 12. Border’s Capture: Insurrectional Politics, Border-Crossing Humans, and the New Political
  2. Nevzat Soguk
  3. pp. 283-308
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 309-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-330
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