Holding the Line: Borders in a Global World

Holding the Line: Borders in a Global World

By: Ian Townsend-Gault (editor), Heather N. Nicol (editor)Paperback

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This volume contains contributions from twenty-four scholars concerning the significance and implications of the world's borderlands in economic, political, and socio-cultural contexts. Together these essays explore the changing role of borders in a global world. Are borders increasingly irrelevant under conditions of globalization, or can a case be made to demonstrate their continuing importance at various levels of spatial activity? Situating itself within a growing border literature, Holding the Line argues that contemporary borders facilitate parallel processes of globalization and localization of political activity. As such, the essays adopt a holistic approach to understanding the impact of boundaries on both society and space. They demonstrate that any attempt to create a methodological and conceptual framework for the understanding of boundaries must be concerned with the process of bounding, rather than simply the means through which the physical lines of separation are delimited and demarcated. This approach renders the notion of a "borderless world" highly problematic, because the latter ignores the important and ongoing relationship between the functional role of borders in the bounding process, and the symbolic role of borders as imagined social, political, and economic constructions embedded within a geographical text. The changing characteristics of political boundaries during an era of globalization has become a great focus of interdisciplinary study, and this book will appeal to scholars of political geography, border studies, and international relations.

About Author

Heather N. Nicol is Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department at the State University of West Georgia. Ian Townsend-Gault is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.


Acknowledgments Introduction / Heather Nicol and Ian Townsend-Gault Part 1: The World Stage -- New Opportunities and Problems 1. Boundary Permeability in Perspective / Gerald Blake 2. Information Geopolitics: Blurring the Lines of Sovereignty / Thomas M. Edwards 3. Law, Sovereignty, and Transnationalism: Delivering Social Goods Using a Functional Approach to Borders / Robert Adamson Part 2: Regionalism and Subregionalism in Europe 4. European Borders in Transition: The Internal and External Frontiers of the European Union / Eberhard Bort 5. Transnational Regionalism, Strategic Geopolitics, and European Integration: The Case of the Baltic Sea Region / James Wesley Scott Part 3: Emerging Perspectives 6. Transfrontier Regionalism: The European Union Perspective on Postcolonial Africa, with Special Reference to Borgu / Anthony I. Asiwaju 7. Trans-Maritime Boundary Cooperation in Southeast Asia: Eroding or Enhancing the Importance of International Boundaries? / Clive Schofield Part 4: Redefining Boundaries in the Americas 8. Neoliberal Caribbean Integration: The Role of the ACS in Restructuring Borderlines / Heather Nicol 9. Redefining the Nature and Functions of Boundaries: A South American Perspective / Roy Bradshaw Part 5: A Borderless North America? 10. Transportation and Competitiveness in North America: The Cascadian and San Diego-Tijuana Border Regions / Theodore H. Cohn 11. Conflicting Transborder Visions and Agendas: Economic and Environmental Cascadians / Donald K. Alper 12. Cascadian Adventures: Shared Visions, Strategic Alliances, and Ingrained Barriers in a Transborder Region / Alan F.J. Artibise 13. NAFTA and Transportation Corridor Improvement in Western North America: Restructuring for the Twenty-First Century / Daniel E. Turbeville III and Susan L. Bradbury Part 6: Borders as Metaphors 14. Permeable Borders and Boundaries in a Globalizing World: Feeling at Home amidst Global Poverty / Mathew Coleman 15. Technopoles and Development in a "Borderless" World: Boundaries Erased, Boundaries Constructed / Steven Jackson Part 7: Rethinking Borders -- Lines, Spaces, and Continua 16. Complex Emergency Response Planning and Coordination: Potential GIS Applications / William B. Wood 17. Good Neighbour Diplomacy Revisited / Alan K. Henrikson Part 8: Conclusions 18. Towards a Geopolitics of Life and Living: Where Boundaries Still Matter / Stanley D. Brunn, John F. Watkins, Timothy J. Fargo, Josh Lepawsky, and Jeffrey A. Jones 19. From the International to the Local in the Study and Representation of Boundaries: Theoretical and Methodological Comments / David Newman Conclusion / Heather Nicol Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774809320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780774809320
  • weight: 600
  • ISBN10: 0774809329

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