The chapter outlines ways in which borders exhibit a tension between fixity/unfixity. In a ‘world in motion’ borders are structures of fixity that lend order to everyday life. At the same time the permanence of the border can be undermined by the failure of the border to fulfil its function. Three case studies are explored. First, the’ stroud pound’, an example of borderwork leading to bottom-up securitization. Second, the chapter explores the ‘accidental unfixity’ resulting from the activity of drones around UK airports. Third, the EU’s Frontex border and the UK’s offshore border, both of which show an ambivalence between fixity and unfixity, and raise the question of whether the element of unfixity might be a strategy of governance, an idea further explored in the concluding section with reference to two recent events in the UK.
KeywordsEuropean Union Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Security Check Financial Service Authority Political Resource
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