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Introduction

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

Abstract

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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European Union Remote Control Ordinary People Travel Agency Brick Wall 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    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
  2. 2.
    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, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-21/the-u-dot-s-dot-mexico-border-got-secured-dot-problem-solved
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    I am grateful to Anthony Cooper for bringing this to my attention.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    ‘Patrol watches texas-Mexico border-from pub in Australia’ by Richard Luscombe, The Guardian, 23 March 2009 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/23/texas-mexico-patrol-webcam-australia

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© Chris Rumford 2014

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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