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Review Essay

Oliver Schmidtke


The four books under review here portray borders as crystallizations of the conflicts and inequalities produced by globalization. Human-rights abuses, the criminalization of migrants, and their economic exploitation are described as endemic features of border regions characterized by disparities in wealth and power. At the same time, these books invite us to reflect on how the growing number of migrants and non-nationals challenge our established understanding of human rights as being rooted in national citizenship regimes. In this respect, they draw our attention to the fundamental dilemma of liberal democracies of protecting national sovereignty while promoting universal human rights.

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