Reconceptualising borders and boundaries
Gender, movement, reproduction, regulation
in Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders
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In this chapter we provide an in-depth discussion of the main concepts and ideas on which the book is based. We start out with an outline of the historical background, where we look at movements and critical events in European and world history which led to change in both geo-political and ideological/conceptual borders. We move on to a conceptual discussion of borders and border regimes where among other themes we discuss how borders can be both hard militarised places and porous grey spaces, and both physical and imagined sites. This develops into an examination of ways that borders as territorial frontiers and boundaries as internal categorisations are closely aligned, and how these structural and ideological parallels operate in tandem both for those who cross borders and also for citizens within those borders. We explore these parallels in relation to regimes of intimate care, concepts of moral economy, entitlement and ‘deserving-ness’, and processes of reproduction of both persons and domains.

Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders

Gender, reproduction, regulation

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