This book critically examines how borders and boundaries, physical and symbolic, unfold in different geographies and spaces. It aims to understand why they exist and how they are constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed.

The book explores why certain borders/boundaries persist while others are removed, and new ones are erected. It does not focus on one form of border, boundary or geographic location. It shifts its attention to different geographies, borders, and boundaries. It also focuses on intersections between them and how they complete each other. The book provides case studies from the past and present, allowing readers to connect subjects, periods, and geographies. The chapters address classical subjects such as nation-states and tackle novel questions such as ownership against access, that is, of urban infrastructures, COVID-19 and lockdowns, and the divides within digital worlds. The book benefits from visual essays that complement the theoretical and empirical chapters, showing the complexity of the phenomenon in a simple and effective way.

The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students working in the fields of urban and rural studies, urban sociology, cities and communities, urban and regional planning, urban anthropology, political sciences and migration studies, human geography, cultural geography, urban anthropology, and visual arts.

chapter |12 pages


A world supposed to be borderless

section Section 1|63 pages

Borders, identity, and space

chapter 3|15 pages

The politics of everyday gendered boundaries

(Inter)national legislation, local norms, and young women's (im)mobility in a rural area on Europe's edge

chapter 4|15 pages

National (de)fence

section Section 2|113 pages

Borders and the city

chapter 5|16 pages

Of gates and windows

Advertising imagery of Palos Verdes Estates and other Olmsted Brothers' gated communities

chapter 6|15 pages

Who lives behind the wall?

Views from non-gated residents about gated communities in Costa Rica

chapter 8|15 pages

Mobile borders on ordinary urban displacement

Certain effects of the criminal subjection in the city of Rio de Janeiro

chapter 10|17 pages

Stay away from me, but don't fly away

A dramaturgical approach to the tourist-seagull distancing during aperitivo time in Venice

chapter 11|16 pages


Aerial photographs of exclusion inside or outside in case of Emperor Diocletian's palace in Split

section Section 3|94 pages

Borders across and beyond the country

chapter 13|14 pages

Fragmented Frictional Flows

Deconstructing discursive boundaries in the pursuit of contextual infrastructure imaginaries

chapter 14|16 pages

Where do First Nations travel in the news media?

Spatial analysis of news stories on First Nations in The Australian and the Daily Liberal

chapter 15|18 pages

Immunity borders

Reframing Schengen border security through immunity paradigm

chapter |9 pages


A research agenda for border studies. On relational borders, chronopolitics, and border art