Border Images, Border Narratives : The Political Aesthetics of Boundaries and Crossings, Hardback Book

Border Images, Border Narratives : The Political Aesthetics of Boundaries and Crossings Hardback

Edited by Johan Schimanski, Jopi Nyman

Part of the Rethinking Borders series


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This interdisciplinary volume explores the role of images and narratives in different borderscapes.

Written by experienced scholars in the field, Border images, border narratives provides fresh insight into how borders, borderscapes, and migration are imagined and narrated in public and private spheres.

Offering new ways to approach the political aesthetics of the border and its ambiguities, this volume makes a valuable contribution to the methodological renewal of border studies and presents ways of discussing cultural representations of borders and related processes.

Influenced by the thinking of philosopher Jacques Ranciere, this timely volume argues that narrated and mediated images of borders and borderscapes are central to the political process, as they contribute to the public negotiation of borders and address issues such as the in/visiblity of migrants and the formation of alternative borderscapes.

The contributions analyse narratives and images in literary texts, political and popular imagery, surveillance data, border art, and documentaries, as well as problems related to borderland identities, migration, and trauma.

The case studies provide a highly comparative range of geographical contexts ranging from Northern Europe and Britain, via Mediterranean and Mexican-USA borderlands, to Chinese borderlands from the perspectives of critical theory, literary studies, social anthropology, media studies, and political geography. -- .