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Border PoliticsSocial Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization$
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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

Contests over Territory, Nation, Identity, and Belonging

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Border Politics

Jennifer Bickham Mendez

Nancy A. Naples

NYU Press

This chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to further understanding of the contestations that erupt in today's globally interconnected world by exploring the implications of borders—defined broadly to include territorial dividing lines as well as sociocultural boundaries—for the politics, identities, and meaning-making of contemporary social movements. Case studies are presented that capture the complex ways in which geographic, cultural, and symbolic dividing lines are blurred and transcended, but also fortified and redrawn. Critical analysis of border politics attends to the ways in which contestations over identity and social belonging that contour sites of struggle are shaped by globalization's twin processes of “deterritorialization” and “reterritorialization.” Analyzing these struggles over social inclusion and exclusion both within and across national boundaries shows how border politics destabilize constructions of agency and belonging as linked to formal legal categories of political membership. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   borders, border politics, social movements, globalization, territorialization, political membership, agency, belonging

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