Intellectual approaches to abolishing borders?
September 23, 2013 3:10 PM Subscribe
I'm undertaking research that deals with national identity and immigration issues and I'm really interested in any scholarly (or non-scholarly, really not super picky) works that critique and discuss alternatives to the modern nation-state paradigm.
posted by Papagayo to society & culture (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I hope this isn't super broad! My research and field of concentration is all about migration/displacement/national identity/integration and I'm kind of struggling with my own personal thoughts about nationalism, nation-states, and borders. Instinctively I am critical of the entire concept of discrete nation-states but struggle to articulate alternatives or what could come after. I'm also interested in anything that discusses and critiques current immigration and refugee regimes, if they situate their critique within a broader criticism of nation-state-focused and border-legitimizing solutions (if that makes sense? I guess I don't want just "the US' current solution for irregular migration is inhuman because its effects on people are X and Y" but a more expansive critique).
I'm open to political theorists, philosophers (I know this is something Foucault touches on--if someone could point me to the specific works that are relevant to this, that would be great), social scientists, whoever, and I have access to an academic library and journal access, if that helps. I see a lot of related texts and I know of certain authors who delve into this subject but I need help narrowing down what I think could otherwise become a pretty long but maybe ineffective reading list.