In the current historical moment borders have taken on heightened material and symbolic significance, shaping identities and the social and political landscape. “Borders”—defined broadly to include territorial dividing lines as well as sociocultural boundaries—have become increasingly salient sites of struggle over social belonging and cultural and material resources. How do contemporary activists navigate and challenge these borders? What meanings do they ascribe to different social, cultural and political boundaries, and how do these meanings shape the strategies in which they engage? Moreover, how do these social movements confront internal borders based on the differences that emerge within social change initiatives?
Border Politics , edited by Nancy A. Naples and Jennifer Bickham Mendez, explores these important questions through eleven carefully selected case studies situated in geographic contexts around the globe. By conceptualizing struggles over identity, social belonging and exclusion as extensions of border politics, the authors capture the complex ways in which geographic, cultural, and symbolic dividing lines are blurred and transcended, but also fortified and redrawn. This volume notably places right-wing and social justice initiatives in the same analytical frame to identify patterns that span the political spectrum. Border Politics offers a lens through which to understand borders as sites of diverse struggles, as well as the strategies and practices used by diverse social movements in today’s globally interconnected world.
Contributors: Phillip Ayoub, Renata Blumberg, Yvonne Braun, Moon Charania, Michael Dreiling, Jennifer Johnson, Jesse Klein, Andrej Kurnik, Sarah Maddison, Duncan McDuie-Ra, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Nancy A. Naples, David Paternotte, Maple Razsa, Raphi Rechitsky, Kyle Rogers, Deana Rohlinger, Cristina Sanidad, Meera Sehgal, Tara Stamm, Michelle Téllez
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Nancy A. Naples is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of many books, including Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research , and Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work, and the War on Poverty.
Jennifer Bickham Mendez is Associate Professor of Sociology at The College of William & Mary. She is author of From the Revolution to the
Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua (2005). Her scholarship has appeared in such journals as Gender and Society , Mobilization , Social
Problems and Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Border Politics: Contests over Territory, Nation, Identity, 1and BelongingJennifer Bickham Mendez and Nancy A. NaplesPart I: Gendered, Ethno-Nationalist Strugglesand Militarization2. “Border Granny Wants You!”: Grandmothers Policing Nation 35at the US-Mexico BorderJennifer L. Johnson3. Defending the Nation: Militarism, Women’s Empowerment, 60and the Hindu RightMeera Sehgal4. Borders, Territory, and Ethnicity: Women and the Naga 95Peace ProcessDuncan McDuie-Ra5. Imperial Gazes and Queer Politics: Re/Reading Female 120Political Subjectivity in PakistanMoon M. CharaniaPart II: Politicized Identities and Belonging6. Indigenous Peoples and Colonial Borders: Sovereignty, 153Nationhood, Identity, and ActivismSarah Maddison7. Constricting Boundaries: Collective Identity in the Tea 177Party MovementDeana A. Rohlinger, Jesse Klein, Tara M. Stamm, and Kyle Rogers8. Occupy Slovenia: How Migrant Movements Contributed 206to New Forms of Direct DemocracyMaple Razsa and Andrej Kurnik9. Challenging Borders, Imagining Europe: Transnational 230LGBT Activism in a New EuropePhillip M. Ayoub and David PaternottePart III: Contested Solidarities and Emerging Sitesof Struggle10. Frames, Boomerangs, and Global Assemblages: Border 261Distortions in the Global Resistance to Dam Buildingin LesothoYvonne A. Braun and Michael C. Dreiling11. Networks, Place, and Barriers to Cross-Border Organizing