Concluding Comments

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


This short chapter reflects upon the ways in which border studies can inform cosmopolitanism. It outlines four reasons why borders are ‘cosmopolitan workshops’. A vernacular border studies democratizes cosmopolitanism by showing us the cosmopolitanism exhibited by ordinary people.’ seeing like a border’ is a metaphor for cosmopolitan thinking. Unfixity mirrors cosmopolitanism in the sense that it is also provisional and fleeting. Border connectivities are ‘cultural encounters of a cosmopolitan kind’. The chapter concludes with the hope that there are good reasons for other scholars to want to engage with Cosmopolitan Borders.


Ordinary People Security Agenda Political Sociology Politan Openness International Lawyer 
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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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