Far from creating a borderless world, contemporary globalization has generated a proliferation of borders. In Border as Method, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson chart this proliferation, investigating its implications for migratory movements, capitalist transformations, and political life. They explore the atmospheric violence that surrounds borderlands and border struggles across various geographical scales, illustrating their theoretical arguments with illuminating case studies drawn from Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, and elsewhere. Mezzadra and Neilson approach the border not only as a research object but also as an epistemic framework. Their use of the border as method enables new perspectives on the crisis and transformations of the nation-state, as well as powerful reassessments of political concepts such as citizenship and sovereignty.
Sandro Mezzadra is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna. Brett Neilson is Professor of Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.
Preface vii Acknowledgments xiii 1. The Proliferation of Borders 1 2. Fabrica Mundi 27 3. Frontiers of Capital 61 4. Figures of Labor 95 5. In the Space of Temporal Borders 131 6. The Sovereign Machine of Governmentality 167 7. Zones, Corridors, and Postdevelopmental Geographies 205 8. Producing Subjects 243 9. Translating the Common 277 References 313 Index 349