Initially, research in border studies relied mainly on generalizations from cases in the US-Mexico borderlands before subsequently burgeoning in Europe. Border Politics in a Global Era seeks to expand the study further to include the post-colonial South in response to the major challenge of interdisciplinary border studies: to explore borderlands in many contexts, with and across a variety of states, including the so-called developing, post-colonial states.
Culled from decades of firsthand observations of borders from around the world and written with a critical and gender lens, the text is framed with attention to history, geography, and the power of films and travelogues to represent people as "others." Professor Kathleen Staudt advances border concepts, categories, and theories to focus on trade, migration, and security highlighting the importance of states, their length of time since independence, and border bureaucrats' discretionary practices. Drawing on her Border Inequalities Database for a global perspective, Staudt calls for reducing inequalities and building institutions in the common grounds of borderlands. The book features maps and other visuals with lists of links at the close of most chapters.
Broadly comparative in nature, Border Politics in a Global Era will appeal not only to students of border studies; it will also stimulate attention in comparative politics, international studies, and political geography.
Kathleen Staudt, Professor of Political Science and Endowed Professor of Western Hemispheric Trade Policy Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, has been teaching and researching in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands for over thirty years. Among her various books, ten focus on borders, the last of which (with Zulma Mendez) is titled Courage, Resistance, and Women in Ciudad Juarez: Challenges to Militarization (University of Texas Press, 2015). Staudt founded UTEP's Center for Civic Engagement and is active in many non-governmental organizations.
1. Border Politics in a Global Era 2. Geography, Maps, and the `Other' in History" 3. Global Inequalities and Local Borderlands: Laying the Conceptual Foundations" 4. The Americas: An Interdependent US-Mexico Borderlands 5. From Borderlessness to the Scars of Partition in Post-Colonial South Asia 6. European Integration (Under Threat): Mobility in a Superstructure 7. Maritime and Riverine Borders 8. Securities: Environment, Safety, and Survival 9. Citizenship, Migration, and People's Movement across Borders 10. Freer and Fairer Trade in Borderlands 11. Borderlands in Films 12. Toward Solutions in Policy Change, Institutions and Democracy: Global to Borderlands 13. Conclusions: Answering Questions, Asking More while Advancing Border Theories