• Chris Rumford
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


The relationship between cosmopolitanism and borders is established via discussion of the changing nature of borders and a critique of the main characteristics of contemporary cosmopolitanism and its likely future trajectory. An alternative understanding of cosmopolitanism is offered, emerging from a critique of the idea of ‘openness’, and founded on a different understanding of the relationship between globalization and cosmopolitanism. The four cosmopolitan dimensions of borders are introduced — vernacularization, multiperspectivalism, fixity/unfixity and connectivities — each having a chapter in the book devoted to it. The idea of borders as ‘cosmopolitan workshops’ is also introduced.


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    This is a reference to the ‘Lines in the Sand’ manifesto authored by Noel Parker, Nick Vaughan-Williams and 15 other collaborating authors, including the author of this book.Google Scholar
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    In 2007 more than 850,000 people were caught trying to illegally cross the nearly 2,000-mile-long border. Elizabeth Dwoskin ‘The u.s.-Mexico border got secured. Problem solved?’ Businessweek, 21 February 2013,
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    I am grateful to Anthony Cooper for bringing this to my attention.Google Scholar
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    ‘Patrol watches texas-Mexico border-from pub in Australia’ by Richard Luscombe, The Guardian, 23 March 2009

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Rumford
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonUK

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