PUBLI : Magdalena Dembinska, Julien Danero Iglesias et Martin Deleixhe (dir.), Dossier « Securitized Borderlands », Journal of Borderlands Studies, 2019


Borders have recently attracted a lot of academic scru­tiny. Two very distinct types of lite­ra­ture have attempted to capture the current evolu­tion of borders. The first one, leaning more toward the field of secu­rity studies, puts the emphasis on the rampant secu­ri­ti­za­tion, the coer­cive dimen­sion of borders, and their divi­sive conse­quences. The second, looks at the rich envi­ron­ment surroun­ding borders, where boun­da­ries are seen as the meeting point of a variety of cultures and commu­ni­ties. Those social spaces, known as border­lands, are the cradle of hybrid iden­ti­ties and trans­na­tional networks that contest the State’s claim to ulti­mate sove­rei­gnty over its terri­tory. Against this back­drop, the ambi­tion of this special issue lies in its aim to fill theo­re­ti­cally and empi­ri­cally this gap by looking at secu­ri­tized border­lands. This intro­duc­tory article deli­neates the contours of and puts toge­ther the main findings of both secu­rity studies on borders and border­lands studies. It announces the objec­tives of the subsequent articles, which toge­ther look into the inter­ac­tion between the secu­ri­tized borders and the social spaces they both obstruct and dyna­mize. In spite of and within this pecu­liarly adverse envi­ron­ment of “secu­ri­tized border­lands,” cross border socie­ties remain in exis­tence, resist, comply, and adjust. »

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