"Border Politics is a groundbreaking book on how borders and boundaries—both territorial and symbolic—shape the mobilization of social movements at the same time that they are instrumental in the very often conflicting identity construction processes of social movements’ participants. Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez have arranged a significant, comprehensive, and timely collection of essays."
—Pablo Vila, author of Border Identifications and Ethnography at the Border
"These chapters explore the multiple ways in which borderings are made, experienced, demolished, invented. From sacred spaces inside a country to the formal borders of the inter-state system, the authors track and theorize the constellations of meanings that arise at diverse types of borders. This is a groundbreaking collection."
—Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy
"This edited volume highlights many contemporary geopolitical issues in the social sciences. The contributors take a global perspective, examining problems from Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa.”
"The edited collection offers an important contribution to the sociology of bordering. Rather than focusing on struggles over the militarization of geographical borderlands as outlined by scholars like Reece Jones, the contribution of the book lies in its original approach to the analysis of social movements for which borders and boundaries are sites of struggle. More precisely, the chapters depict how these social movements maintain, contest, produce, and dissolve borders and boundaries.”
“The collection certainly confirmed one in the belief that looking into inscriptions on boundaries is a fruitful way to find insight into the ever-shifting identities that poststructuralism has encouraged us to spot.”
“This volume will be welcomed by experts committed to the study of borders—geographical or figurative—and political contestations.”