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Exploring the Critical Potential of the Borderscapes Concept

Exploring the Critical Potential of the Borderscapes Concept The conceptual evolution of borders has been characterised by important changes in the last twenty years. After the processual shift of the 1990s (from border to bordering), in recent years there has been increasing concern about the need to critically question the current state of the debate on the concept of borders. Within this framework, this article explores the critical potential of the borderscapes concept for the development of alternative approaches to borders along three main axes of reflection that, though interrelated, can be analytically distinguished as: epistemological, ontological and methodological. Such approaches show the significant potential of borderscapes for future advances of critical border studies in the era of globalisation and transnational flows, thereby contributing to the liberation of (geo)political imagination from the burden of the ‘territorialist imperative’ and to the understanding of new forms of belonging and becoming that are worth being investigated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geopolitics Taylor & Francis

Exploring the Critical Potential of the Borderscapes Concept

Geopolitics , Volume 20 (1): 21 – Jan 2, 2015
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1557-3028
eISSN
1465-0045
DOI
10.1080/14650045.2014.884561
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Abstract

The conceptual evolution of borders has been characterised by important changes in the last twenty years. After the processual shift of the 1990s (from border to bordering), in recent years there has been increasing concern about the need to critically question the current state of the debate on the concept of borders. Within this framework, this article explores the critical potential of the borderscapes concept for the development of alternative approaches to borders along three main axes of reflection that, though interrelated, can be analytically distinguished as: epistemological, ontological and methodological. Such approaches show the significant potential of borderscapes for future advances of critical border studies in the era of globalisation and transnational flows, thereby contributing to the liberation of (geo)political imagination from the burden of the ‘territorialist imperative’ and to the understanding of new forms of belonging and becoming that are worth being investigated.

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GeopoliticsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2015

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