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Spotlight On: Border Control

Last updated: 08/26/2015 | More Spotlight On content
The issue of the controlling of borders between countries, as it pertains to the unauthorized movement of people between two given territories, has gained much popularity in the academic writing of the last 15 years or so, and specifically in the 2010s. As such it mirrors a growing interest in this topic within political circles, the media and the general public, particularly within wealthy nations. While some of the texts written on the subject deal with technical issues of control and surveillance (including health related issues), most of them tend to focus on the human factor. That is, on the motivations to control the borders, on the history of this control, on its desired and unwanted effects, on its moral and legal justifications, and on the status of this control. Given that the issue of border control has become such a politically charged one, and draws much attention in elections times, the sources in the list below, and many more that weren't included, can be used to make the debate about border control much more intelligible.

On the informative side, texts on the subject try to depict the situation around these borders. Who is trying to cross these borders, what does crossing them entail, what are the risks, how effective is current border control, etc. Scholars also try to track larger implications on the sending and receiving countries, such as economic effects, social effects, and political implications. On this last point, while some scholars try to analyze the political mechanisms that push for the border control policies that come into effect, other scholars try to draw the moral implications of the border control policies, and suggest what course these policies should take in order to sit well with Western moral standards (for instance not returning illegal immigrant to states that victimized them). Last, some of the texts in the following list deal with border control discourse as it relates to criminalization, gender, and securit

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Abizadeh, A. (2008) "Democratic Theory and Border Coercion: No Right to Unilaterally Control Your Own Borders", Political Theory, 29 pages. doi: 10.1177/0090591707310090. Abstract▼ 

Andersson, R. (2014) "Time and the Migrant Other: European Border Controls and the Temporal Economics of Illegality", American Anthropologist, 15 pages. doi: 10.1111/aman.12148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ama... Abstract▼ 

Bosworth, M. (2008) "Border Control and the Limits of the Sovereign State", Social & Legal Studies, 17 pages. doi: 10.1177/0964663908089611. http://sls.sagepub.com/conten... Abstract▼ 

Browne, S. (2005) "Getting Carded: Border Control and the Politics of Canada's Permanent Resident Card", Citizenship Studies, 16 pages. doi: 10.1080/13621020500211420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136... Abstract▼ 

Cornelius, W. A. (2001) "Death at the Border: Efficacy and Unintended Consequences of US Immigration Control Policy", Population and Development Review, 25 pages. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2001.00661.x. Abstract▼ 

Cornelius, W. A. & Lewis, J. [eds.] (2006) Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities, Lynne Rienner Publishers. https://www.rienner.com/title... Abstract▼ 

Jennings, W. (2009) "The Public Thermostat, Political Responsiveness and Error-Correction: Border Control and Asylum in Britain, 1994–2007", British Journal of Political Science, 24 pages. doi: 10.1017/S000712340900074X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S00... Abstract▼ 

Klepp, S. (2010) "A Contested Asylum System: The European Union Between Refugee Protection and Border Control in the Mediterranean Sea", European Journal of Migration and Law, 21 pages. doi: 10.1163/138836410X13476363652523. http://booksandjournals.brill... Abstract▼ 

Leerkes, A., Bachmeier, J. D. & Leach, M. A. (2013) "When the Border is “Everywhere”: State-Level Variation in Migration Control and Changing Settlement Patterns of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population in the United States", International Migration Review, 34 pages. doi: 10.1111/imre.12047. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imr... Abstract▼ 

Menjívar, C. (2014) "Immigration Law beyond Borders: Externalizing and Internalizing Border Controls in an Era of Securitization", Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 17 pages. doi: 10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110413-030842. http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/ann... Abstract▼ 

Slominski, P. (2013) "The Power of Legal Norms in the EU's External Border Control", International Migration, 13 pages. doi: 10.1111/imig.12089. Abstract▼ 

Spijkerboer, T. (2007) "The Human Costs of Border Control", European Journal of Migration and Law, 13 pages. doi: 10.1163/138836407X179337. http://booksandjournals.brill...

Taylor, S. (2005) "From Border Control to Migration Management: The Case for a Paradigm Change in the Western Response to Transborder Population Movement", Social Policy & Administration, 24 pages. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00457.x. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1... Abstract▼ 

Ticktin, M. (2008) "Sexual Violence as the Language of Border Control: Where French Feminist and Anti‐Immigrant Rhetoric Meet", Signs, 27 pages. doi: 10.1086/528851. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1...

Weber, L. & Pickering, S. (2014) Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier, Palgrave Macmillan, 262 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo... Abstract▼ 

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