Theory of the Border

2017.04.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Nail, Theory of the Border, Oxford University Press, 2016, 275pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190618650. Reviewed by
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2017.04.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Nail, Theory of the Border, Oxford University Press, 2016, 275pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190618650. Reviewed by Avery Kolers, University of Louisville The first thing to understand about Thomas Nail’s profound book is that the first word of the title is neither modified by an adjective, nor introduced by an article. This is neither a normative nor an explanatory theory of the border, but a laying bare of the structure of border regimes, much as music theory lays bare the structure of musical works without explaining or evaluating. The second thing to understand is that the last word of the title also takes no adjective. State borders are only one kind of border, and a recent kind at that. Fundamentally, borders are inflection points where flows change direction. Any social construct — fence, wall, passport, browsing history — that changes people’s movements is part of... Read More

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