Introduction: Comparative border studies

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This special issue moves border studies in the humanities beyond their focus on the Mexico-US boundary as a privileged site for the emergence of transnational models of study. Articles on the Americas, Asia, and Europe draw attention to the transnational nature of national borders, explore border zones created by historical and contemporary expressions of US empire, and develop comparative models that focus on more than one national border or border zone. In a series of case studies, contributors examine the continued viability of border studies as critical methodology and geographical perspective. The comparative border studies framework that emerges from the articles situates the Mexico-US border and approaches to nationalism and imperialism that have been associated with this location in a wider global context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-287
Number of pages15
JournalComparative American Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Border enforcement
  • Border studies
  • Comparative racialization
  • Europe
  • Immigration studies
  • Inter-American studies
  • Transnational American studies
  • US empire
  • US homeland state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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