Bordering and Ordering the Twenty-first Century: Understanding Borders

In reviewing this book, Tatiana Zhurzhenko states that the reader will not be disappointed at the author’s goal "to offer a critical understanding of state borders at the beginning of the twenty-first century" and "to problematize borders in order to help readers uncover the inherited complexities they involve, their unfinished character, and their fundamentally contested nature". Zhurzhenko’s comment is very accurate. This work by Gabriel Popescu delivers not only on its goal, but provides a theoretical framework to understand the nature and purpose of borders in a globalized world.

The ABS Past Presidents’ Book Award Committee chose Bordering and Ordering the Twenty-first Century: Understanding Borders as the best book of 2013. This book provides an excellent classification of borders as viewed by various disciplines as well as providing a framework to understanding the changing nature of borders. In this manner, the work by Popescu is reminiscent of the work of Ellwyn R. Stoddard. Understanding the spatial characteristics of borders and reviewing its impact on the formation and transformation of borders is innovative. Finally, the author offers an excellent review of modern attempts to control mobility across borders. The final chapter reviews, within the framework constructed, the various types of cross-border cooperation. His review of this cross-border cooperation is as innovative as the work of Remigio Ratti and Shalom Reichman. Theory and Practice of Transborder Cooperation, was in 1993. This book will be useful to students as well as seasoned researchers.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
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