Imagining Borders, Borderlands, Migration and Integration in Africa: The Search for Connections and Disjunctures

  • Daniel TeveraEmail author
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Recent literature on African borders, informality and migration focuses on the potential role of political borders as the key architecture of mobility. This chapter makes the case for considering national borders as vital sites in the construction of social geographies in Africa that focus on mobility, informality and regional integration. This chapter argues that there is a need for border studies that address cross-border issues and borderlands in ways that provide meaning to the largely invisible aspects of border spaces. Drawing on conceptual debates and empirical work on bordering processes, mobility and regional integration, this chapter addresses the tension between opening borders up for increased mobility and intensification of border control measures aimed at increased border securitization.


African borders Informality Migration Mobility Regional integration Cross border 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Environmental Studies and TourismUniversity of the Western CapeBellville, Cape TownSouth Africa

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