As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim

As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim

by Xiangming Chen
     
 

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As do other mighty forces such as wars, nationalist aspirations, and the shifting courses of great rivers, globalization changes the world's borders by bending them out of shape and creating new transnational spaces. State political boundaries no longer draw the definitive line in people's lives they once did. Borders continue to contain self-described national

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As do other mighty forces such as wars, nationalist aspirations, and the shifting courses of great rivers, globalization changes the world's borders by bending them out of shape and creating new transnational spaces. State political boundaries no longer draw the definitive line in people's lives they once did. Borders continue to contain self-described national populations and national activities, but the penetration of economic globalization via growing cross-border trade, investment, and resurgence of myriad regional ethnic groups is pushing and stretching the limits of borders into both interactive spaces and contested terrains. Indeed, new power centers with their own identities are springing out of once politically trivial and economically marginal landscapes. While the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the SARS outbreak of 2003 prompted states to tighten border controls, their efforts amount to only a temporary reversal of a powerful long-term trend toward more open borders and the interactive transnational spaces that openness fosters.

This innovative book examines the complexities of de-bordering and re-bordering through a structured comparison of seven transborder subregions along the western Pacific Rim and an extended comparative analysis of the U.S.-Mexico border and several European border regions. Xiangming Chen offers a synthetic explanation for the complex and diverse processes and outcomes of economic growth, social transformation, infrastructure development, and urban landscapes in the new transnational spaces around the porous and mutated borders on the Pacific Rim and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

Environment And Planning A: Intl Journal Of Urban And Regional Research
Chen's book is a landmark statement drawing on examples from East and Southeast Asia. . . . Viewing these interplays and reworkings at borders offers methodical originality. . . . [The book] deserves a very wide readership.
— James D Sidaway
Journal of Asian Studies
Chen's ambitious book is interesting because it uses a complex framework to make sense of a broad range of very different factors and experiences. The book is well organized and well written.
— Alan Klima, Univeristy of California at Davis
American Journal of Sociology - Gilbert Rozman
As Borders Bend is an important book about regionalism in Asia. . . . The breadth and systematic nature of this book will make it attractive for many social scientists who, in teaching or research, want to cover globalization, social capital, spatial reorganization, and regionalism in Asia. It offers useful material on social factors behind economic development.
Saskia Sassen
A brilliant deciphering of the meaning and agency of borders. Chen shows us how the decentering of state power enables border regions to emerge from the shadow of capital city regions. This in turn produces a whole new research agenda on the increasing complexity of the interaction among borders, transnationality, and the scattering of state functions.
March 2006 Contemporary Sociology
A clear elaboration and analysis of the emerging trends of a Chinacentric Asia-Pacific region and China’s current global positioning. Chen’s work is a major contribution to the fields of international political economy and transborder development studies. . . . In an age of globalization, where complexity, uncertainty, and hybridity abound, Xiangming Chen has done a remarkable job in charting the trajectories of borders bending.
Environment And Planning A: Intl Journal Of Urban And Regional Research - James D Sidaway
Chen's book is a landmark statement drawing on examples from East and Southeast Asia. . . . Viewing these interplays and reworkings at borders offers methodical originality. . . . [The book] deserves a very wide readership.
Henry Wai-chung Yeung
A highly original enquiry into the formation and evolution of trans-border regions in the global economy. Accessibly written and richly researched, the book is an important contribution to the literature on urban and regional development, international political economy, economic geography, and global studies.
Journal of Asian Studies - Alan Klima
Chen's ambitious book is interesting because it uses a complex framework to make sense of a broad range of very different factors and experiences. The book is well organized and well written.
Contemporary Sociology
A clear elaboration and analysis of the emerging trends of a Chinacentric Asia-Pacific region and China's current global positioning. Chen's work is a major contribution to the fields of international political economy and transborder development studies. . . . In an age of globalization, where complexity, uncertainty, and hybridity abound, Xiangming Chen has done a remarkable job in charting the trajectories of borders bending.
Environment And Planning A: International Journal Of Urban And Regional Research - James D. Sidaway
Chen's book is a landmark statement drawing on examples from East and Southeast Asia. . . . Viewing these interplays and reworkings at borders offers methodical originality. . . . [The book] deserves a very wide readership.
American Journal of Sociology
As Borders Bend is an imprtant book about regionalism in Asia. . . . The breadth and systematic nature of this book will make it attractive for many social scientists who, in teaching or research, want to cover globalization, social capital, spatial reorganization, and regionalism in Asia. It offers useful material on social factors behind economic development.
— Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University
Eurasian Geography and Economics
A valuable and timely contribution to the burgeoning literature on border studies and transnationalism in general and border regions in the Asia-Pacific in particular. . . . In a bold and ground-breaking move, Chen brings together cases of 'de-bordering' and 're-bordering' for integrated and innovative documentation and explanation. . . . Informative, comprehensive, comparative, and up-to-date.
Environment and Planning A
Chen's book is a landmark statement drawing on examples from East and Southeast Asia. . . . Viewing these interplays and reworkings at borders offers methodical originality. . . . [The book] deserves a very wide readership.
— James D Sidaway
Journal Of Asian Studies
Chen's ambitious book is interesting because it uses a complex framework to make sense of a broad range of very different factors and experiences. The book is well organized and well written.
— Alan Klima, Univeristy of California at Davis
Journal Of Borderlands Studies
One of the most significant contributions to the field of border region studies of the last few years. . . . This is a book for graduate students and border scholars that will be discussed in future works on trans-border regions and will impact our understanding of their transformations.
Urban Affairs Review
An interesting and detailed book that has pursued and deepened research on growth triangles.
Social Transformation In Chinese Societies
An informed analysis of an emerging pattern of local and regional development in the world. Both students and researchers in sociology, geography, urban studies, economics, politics, development studies and Asia-Pacific area studies would find it informative, stimulating and useful. Xiangming Chen has successfully shown how the global and the local have shaped the de-bordering and re-bordering processes in the contemporary world.
International Journal Of Urban and Regional Research
This book seeks to improve the understanding of the impact of globalization on regions through a careful, comprehensive and comparative study of border regions in Asia-Pacific. It is ambitious, theoretically informed and empirically rich. . . . This book stands as a major contribution to studies of globalization and regionalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742500938
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Pacific Formations: Global Relations in Asian and Pacific Perspectives Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Xiangming Chen is dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College.

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