GEOG 381: Borders

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GEOG 381: Borders

  1. 1. The lines that continue Borders in our ‘borderless’ world to separate us
  2. 2. “What we have come tocall a globalized worldharbours fundamentaltensions between openingand barricading, fusion andpartition, erasure andreinscription” -Wendy Brown (2010)
  3. 3. Whats in a line?• Borders as territorial edges• Borders as walls• Borders as transition spaces• Borders as architects of identity formation• Borders as institutions of knowledge
  4. 4. Borders maketerritories• If a border is a line, a series of closed lines create a territory. We read maps as a series of borderlines.• As critical political geographers, we will challenge those lines, and in doing so, what matter-of-fact position those lines have in the way space is made.
  5. 5. Border spaces: there are seemingly different borders at work in Israel/Palestine, the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and Wall Street toorganize, manage, and exclude, but they are borders nonetheless.
  6. 6. Border spaces• Often thought of as ‘check points’ or security apparatuses (i.e. ‘the Green Zone’, Israel- Palestine).• Still more often those borders are not policed or patrolled but produced through a range of activities, organizations, and actors.• Borders, then become a spatial power that gives order to our daily lives.
  7. 7. Borders as metaphor, as framing knowledge and identity:nationalism, religion, gender

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