PLEASE NOTE this is a 2012 reading list—the precise content may change in future years.
Term 1 Week 1
Introduction and module overview
Study questions:
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Why are borders and migration important areas of contemporary research?
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Who is a migrant?
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Why do people migrate?
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What is the relationship between borders and migration?
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What, and where, are borders?
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How should the topics of borders and migration be studied at the contemporary juncture?
Essential readings:
Balibar, E. (1998) “The borders of Europe”, in Cheah, P. and Robbins, B. (Eds)
Cosmopolitics: Thinking and feeling beyond the nation (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press),
pp.216-233 [available online]
Guild, E. (2009) Security and Migration in the 21st Century (Cambridge: Polity Press)
chapter 1Samers, M. (2010) Migration (London: Routledge), chapter 2
Additional readings:
Balibar, E. (2004) We the people of Europe (Princeton: Princeton University Press), selected chapters
Brunet-Jailly, E. (2005) “Theorizing borders: An interdisciplinary perspective”, Geopolitics 10 (4): 633649
Castles, S. and Miller, M.J. (2008) The Age of Migration (Basingstoke: Palgrave), chapters 1&2
Cresswell, T. (2010) “Towards a politics of mobility” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
28: 17-31
Diener, A.C. and Hagen, J. (2009) “Theorizing borders in a ‘borderless world’: globalization, territory
and identity” Geography Compass 3(3): 1196-1216
Diener, A.C. and Hagen, J. (2010) “Introduction: Borders, identity, and geopolitics” in Diener, A.C.
and Hagen, J. (Eds) Borderlines and borderlands: political oddities at the edge of the nation-state
(Plymouth, Rowman and Littlefield), pp.1-14
Grundy-Warr, C and Schofield, C. (2005) “Reflections on the relevance of classical approaches and
contemporary priorities in boundary studies”, Geopolitics 10 (4): 606-632
van Houtum, H. (2005) “The geopolitics of borders and boundaries”, Geopolitics 10 (4): 672-679
Hyndman, J. (1997) “Border crossings”, Antipode 29(2): 149-176
Hyndman, J. (2012) “The geopolitics of migration and mobility”, Geopolitics 17(2): 243-255
Kolosoff, V. (2005) “Border Studies: Changing perspectives and theoretical approaches”, Geopolitics
10 (4): 606-632
Kopper, A. (2012) “The imaginary of borders: From a colouring book to Cezanne’s paintings”,
International Political Sociology 6(3): 277-293
Massey, D. (1993) “Power-Geometry and a Progressive Sense of Place’”, in Bird, J., Curtis, B., Putnam,
T., Robertson, G. and Tickner, L. (Eds) Mapping the Futures: Local Cultures, Global Change (London:
Routledge), pp. 59–69
Newman, D. (2011) “Contemporary research agendas in border studies: An overview”, in WastlWalter, D. (Ed.) The Ashgate Companion to Border Studies (Farnham: Ashgate), pp. 33-47
Passi, A. (2005) “Generations and the ‘development’ of border studies”, Geopolitics 10 (4): 663-671
Paasi, A. (2011) “A border theory: An unattainable dream or a realistic aim for border scholars?” in
Wastl-Walter, D. (Ed.)
The Ashgate Companion to Border Studies (Farnham: Ashgate), pp. 11-31Popescu, G. (2011)
Bordering and Ordering the Twenty-first Century: Understanding Borders (Lanham MD: Rowman and
Littlefield), ch 1
Parker, N., Vaughan-Williams, N. et al. (2009) “Lines in the sand? Towards and agenda for critical
border studies”, Geopolitics 14(3): 582-587
Rumford, C. (2012) “Towards a multiperspectival perspective on borders”, Geopolitics 17(4): 887902