Even as economic and military walls have come down in the post-Cold War era, states have rapidly built new barriers to prevent a perceived invasion of 'undesirables.' Nowhere is this more dramatically evident than along the geographic fault lines dividing rich from poor countries: especially the southern border of the United States, and the southern and eastern borders of the European Union. This volume examines the practice, politics, and consequences of building these new walls in North America and Europe. At the same time, it challenges dominant accounts of globalization, in which state borders will be irrelevant to the human experience. In short, the volume brings borders back in to the study of international politics.
This volume is highly recommendable.
The volume makes inspiring reading by virtue of its deliberate challenge to radical postmodern theory about the future of the state and its meticulous documentation.
Journal Of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Highly recommended for courses focusing on immigration, globalisation, and international relations.
As restrictions on trade, capital, and technology flows come down, border control agencies have often become the fastest growing branches of Western governments. The Wall Around the West tackles head-on the central issue of how to reconcile the conflicting demands of economic growth and social coherence in the context of declining birth rates and immigration pressures. This book provides a penetrating analysis of the basic dilemma confronting Western societies.
Jorge I. Dominguez
The Berlin Wall may have fallen, but the European Union and the United States have built new walls at their borders to keep out migrants from without. This book admirably combines a comparative approach to both international migration processes and the attempts of states to control and prevent such migrations. With subtlety and historical depth, the authors analyze Latin American, Caribbean, and Eastern European migrations as well as U.S. and European Union migrant deterrence and control policies.
Timothy Garton Ash
An important and probing scholarly investigation into one of the most important issues of our time.
James F. Hollifield
Peter Andreas and Timothy Snyder have put together an excellent book. The essays in this volume offer a critique of the growing literature on globalization, reminding us that, in spite of trendy arguments about the de-territorialization of the state, borders still matter.
From the Publisher
This is an intelligent and informed work on the subject and an essential reference book for anyone seeking information on trends in Europe and North America
Part 1 Historical and Comparative Perspectives Chapter 2 The Wall after the Wall Chapter 3 The Transformation of Border Controls: A European Precedent? Chapter 4 States and the Regulation of Migration in the Twentieth Century North Atlantic World Chapter 5 Comparative Perspectives on Migration Control: Away from the Border and Outside the State Part 6 US Border Controls Chapter 7 The Political Costs of State Power: Border Control in South Florida Chapter 8 The Remaking of the California-Mexico Boundary in the Age of NAFTA Chapter The Logic a 9 The Logic and Contradictions of Intensified Border Enforcement in Texas Chapter 10 US Border Controls: A Mexican Perspective Part 11 European Border Controls Chapter 12 Gatekeeper for the EU: The Predicament of Eastern Europe Chapter 13 Rio Odra, Rio Buh: Poland, Germany, and the Borders of Twenty-First Century Europe Chapter 14 Border Controls and the Politics of EU Enlargement Chapter 15 The Mobility Money Can Buy: Human Smuggling and Border Control in the European Union Chapter 16 The Wall around the West Chapter 17