Academic journal article Geography

Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel

Academic journal article Geography

Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel

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Border Walls: Security and the war on terror in the United States, India and Israel Reece Jones London: Zed Books, 2012 210pp, 13.5x21.5cm Pb: £16.99, ISBN 978-1-84813-823-0

Reece Jones has written an important book and one that is deliberately written to appeal to both academic and non-academic audiences. Any book published by Zed tends to have that quality; readability combined with a critical political sensibility. Jones' big claim is simple to encapsulate. Nation states, especially in the post-9/11 environment, have become ever more mindful and determined to invest in the fortification of their homelands. Fence building and border wall construction stand as powerful exemplars of this desire to reinforce and filter out unwanted flows of migrants, terrorists, criminals and their associated paraphernalia. He is not alone in offering up this basic insight. Wendy Brown, in her book Walled States Waning Sovereignty is also interested in similar material and explores how sovereignty has become increasingly caught up with anxieties about the role of global capital in overwhelming a sense of the territorial state enjoying absolute sovereignty.

Using case studies based on fieldwork in the United States, India and Israel (with research work in Mexico, Bangladesh and Palestine respectively), Jones takes the reader on a tour of how these states have invested heavily in trying to secure their borders, in the light of anxieties that they might be imperilled by porous borderlands and flows of unwanted people, ideas and materials. …

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