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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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Moving Borders

(p.1) Introduction
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the literature of border studies and describes the new methodology of “critical limology” that will be developed throughout the book. All borders share something in common. “The border” is the name given in the book to this commonality. The border is “a process of social division.” What all borders share in common, following this definition, is that they introduce a division or bifurcation of some sort into the world. The definition proposed has four important consequences for a theory of the border that is further developed throughout this book. Thus the introduction begins by elaborating each of these four consequences and outlines a methodology for their general application to the study of borders, or limology. The four consequences are that The Border is in Between, The Border is in Motion, The Border is a Process of Circulation, and The Border is not Reducible to Space.

Keywords:   border studies, space, motion, circulation, borders, limology, social division

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