The political materialities of borders

New theoretical directions

Edited by Olga Demetriou and Rozita Dimova

The political materialities of borders


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2385-5
  • Pages: 152
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: October 2018
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Social & political philosophy, Social & cultural anthropology, PHILOSOPHY / Social, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / General, Society & social sciences / Anthropology, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Humanities / Social & political philosophy
  • Series: Rethinking Borders


The political materialities of borders aims to bring questions of materiality to bear specifically on the study of borders. In doing this, the contributors have chosen an approach that does not presume the material aspect of borders but rather explores the ways in which any such materiality comes into being. Through ethnographic and philosophical explorations of the ontology of borders from the perspective of materiality, this volume seeks to throw light on the interaction between the materiality of state borders and the non-material aspects of state-making. This enables, it is shown, a new understanding of borders as productive of the politics of materiality, on which both the state project rests, including in its multifarious forms in the post-nation-state era.


'They argue that borders are mediations between the material and the ideological, or the non-material more generally. They are created, recreated, and brought to life from the interconnectedness of state as a material project and state as an abstraction. [...] Olga Demetriou and Rozita Dimova argue that the materiality of borders is a consolidation and reproduction of political ideology; as ideologies shift and change, so do borders. There are material conditions, physical topographies, and social relations prior to a border, or a particular instantiation of a border, and they change as new forms of subjectivities are brought about by the border-work.'
Ville Laakkonen, Suomen Antropologi, Vol. 44, No. 2


1. Introduction: theorising material / nonmaterial mediations on the border - Olga Demetriou and Rozita Dimova
2. Materiality, imbrication, and the longue durée of Greco-Turkish borders - Olga Demetriou
3. Memory as border work: the 2008 Italy-Libya friendship treaty and the reassembling of fortress Europe - Chiara De Cesari
4. Ontologies of borders: the difference of Deleuze and Derrida - Tuija Pulkkinen
5. Lines, traces and tidemarks: further reflections on forms of border - Sarah Green
6. Materialising the border-as-line in Sarajevo - Stef Jansen
7. Borders as ghosts - Eleni Myrivili
8. Materialities of displacement: Borders in contemporary Macedonia - Rozita Dimova


Olga Demetriou is Associate Professor in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building at the Durham Global Security Institute at Durham University

Rozita Dimova is a Cultural Anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Language and Cultures, Slavonic and East European Studies, Ghent University

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