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Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898992

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898992.001.0001

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Border Politics

Border Politics

Creating a Dialogue between Border Studies and Social Movements

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Border Politics

Jennifer Bickham Mendez

Nancy A. Naples

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the benefits of combining border studies and social movement theoretical and conceptual frameworks for generating more nuanced understandings of border politics. It demonstrates how a feminist, intersectional approach directs attention to the embeddedness of movements in particular sites of political struggle as well as the ways in which unequal power relations shape the local and extralocal terrain on which movements develop and operate. Bringing to bear theoretical conceptualizations of borders and boundaries on social movement analysis also emphasizes the interrelatedness among various aspects of social movements—cultural meanings, collective identities, activist strategies, political practices, and socioeconomic and political environments—to generate an intersectional, explanatory framework for movement dynamics in an age of globalization.

Keywords:   border studies, social movement, border politics, power relations

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