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Book review: The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies , written by Doris Wastl-Walter Book review: A Companion to Border Studies , written by Thomas M. Wilson & Hastings Donnan

Book review: The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies , written by Doris Wastl-Walter... The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies. Farnham: Ashgate. 2011. 728 pp. Hardback £100.00. isbn : 978-0-7546-7406-1 A Companion to Border Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2012. 636 pp. Hardback £120.00. isbn : 978-1-4051-9893-6 Border Companions: Navigating Complex Borderlands In the 1990s Ohmae (1996), Appadurai (2003) and others saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union as harbingers of a new ‘borderless world’. These premature and overly optimistic forecasts were much criticised by scholars in geography, anthropology and other disciplines. Ó Tuathail (2000: 142) rightly dismissed them as ‘sweepingly superficial representations of the complexity of boundaries, territory and the world map’, while Elden (2005) argued that globalisation is not necessarily coextensive with deterritorialisation, and that the changes have been scalar rather than indicative of the demise of the nation-state. Far from ‘borderless’, the last decade has in fact witnessed an increase in the number of state borders. This increase was accompanied, and sharply so post 9/11, by a veritable proliferation of wall-building exercises (Brown 2010) as well as ever more sophisticated infrastructures of surveillance. Unsurprisingly, the field of border studies has witnessed a similar explosion over the last decade. Long the remit of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Book review: The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies , written by Doris Wastl-Walter Book review: A Companion to Border Studies , written by Thomas M. Wilson & Hastings Donnan

Inner Asia , Volume 16 (1): 209 – Aug 19, 2014

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies. Farnham: Ashgate. 2011. 728 pp. Hardback £100.00. isbn : 978-0-7546-7406-1 A Companion to Border Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2012. 636 pp. Hardback £120.00. isbn : 978-1-4051-9893-6 Border Companions: Navigating Complex Borderlands In the 1990s Ohmae (1996), Appadurai (2003) and others saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union as harbingers of a new ‘borderless world’. These premature and overly optimistic forecasts were much criticised by scholars in geography, anthropology and other disciplines. Ó Tuathail (2000: 142) rightly dismissed them as ‘sweepingly superficial representations of the complexity of boundaries, territory and the world map’, while Elden (2005) argued that globalisation is not necessarily coextensive with deterritorialisation, and that the changes have been scalar rather than indicative of the demise of the nation-state. Far from ‘borderless’, the last decade has in fact witnessed an increase in the number of state borders. This increase was accompanied, and sharply so post 9/11, by a veritable proliferation of wall-building exercises (Brown 2010) as well as ever more sophisticated infrastructures of surveillance. Unsurprisingly, the field of border studies has witnessed a similar explosion over the last decade. Long the remit of

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