Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgressions

Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgressions

Viennese Contributions to International Affairs

In the light of mass migration, the rise of nationalism and the resurgence of global terrorism, this timely volume brings the debate on border protection, security and control to the centre stage of international relations research. Rather than analysing borders as mere lines of territorial demarcation in a geopolitical sense, it sheds new light on their changing role in defining and negotiating identity, authority, security, and social and economic differences. Bringing together innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives, the book examines the nexus of authority, society, technology and culture, while also providing in-depth analyses of current international conflicts. Regional case studies comprise the Ukraine crisis, Nagorno-Karabakh, the emergence of new territorial entities such as ISIS, and maritime disputes in the South China Sea, as well as the contestation and re-construction of borders in the context of transnational movements. Bringing together theoretical, empirical and conceptual contributions by international scholars, this Yearbook of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs offers novel perspectives on hotly debated issues in contemporary politics, and will be of interest to researchers, graduate students and political decision makers alike.

Cengiz Günay and Nina Witjes (Eds.)
Springer International Publishing 2017


  • Introduction (Cengiz Günay and Nina Witjes)
  • Changing Modalities of Power in the Twenty-First Century (Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen)
  • Border Disputes Through Ill-Defined Borders: Maritime Territorial Conflicts and Their Impact on Security (Clemens Binder)
  • Border (Power) Politics Reborn in the Refugee Crisis: Contested Lines of Demarcation and the Re-emergence of Identity Conflicts: The Case of Serbia and Croatia (Vedran Dzihic)
  • Reframing Migrant Smuggling as a Form of Knowledge: A View from the US-Mexico Border (Gabriella Sanchez and Nicolas Natividad)
  • Humanitarian Borderwork (Polly Pallister-Wilkins)
  • The Politics of Digital Borders (Paul Trauttmansdorff)
  • Politics of the Schengen/Dublin System: The Case of the European Migrant and Refugee Crisis (Marko Lovec)
  • The Meaning of Borders for National Identity and State Authority (Sybille Reinke de Buitrago)
  • Beyond Borders: Subcultural Theory and the Transnational Jihadi Identity in Europe (Reem Ahmed and Daniela Pisoiu)
  • The Depth of Borders Beyond the State: Analytical, Normative and Epistemic Challenges of Study (Helena Rytövuori-Apunen)
  • The Border Within: Immigration Policymaking in Europe and the Role of Science (Maren Borkert)