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Introduction

ByRichard Nobles, David Schiff

This chapter seeks to emphasize the image of the border as a space, as a transitional zone where the authors encounter others and change who they are. The chapter considers images of borders as lines and looks at images of borders as spaces. It considers the implications of these two ways of looking at borders for the legality and politics of identity. The chapter aims to open up as generous a space as possible for recognizing the many ways in which borders are and can be both imagined and experienced. It considers the implications of the authors' examination of the imagination and experience of borders for the legality and politics of identity. Persons and communities often imagine and experience the need to demarcate who they see themselves to be and where they consider themselves to belong. The chapter discusses a meditation on some of the themes that have so concerned Roger and upon which he has offered so much illumination.