Gendering Border Studies

Henrice Altink (Editor), Jane Aaron (Editor), Chris Weedon (Editor)

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The study of borders has recently undergone significant transitions, reflecting changes in the functions of boundaries themselves, as the world political map has experienced transformations. Gender (defined as the knowledge about perceived distinctions between the sexes) is an important signifier of borders as constructed and contested lines of differences. In the interplay with other categories of difference like class, race, ethnicity, and religion, it plays a major role in giving meaning to different forms of borders. It is not surprising, then, that an increasing number of studies in the last years have aimed for a gendering of border studies. This book aims to explore this new interdisciplinary field and develop it further. The main questions it asks are: How do we define ‘borders’, ‘frontiers’ and ‘boundaries’ in different disciplinary approaches of gendered border studies? What were and are the main fields of gendered border studies? What might be important questions for future research? And how useful is an inter- or transdisciplinary approach for gendered border studies? Fifteen established scholars from various disciplines contribute chapters in which they set out how the issue of gender and borders has been approached in their discipline and describe what they expect from future research. After a detailed introduction presenting these issues, the book is divided into four sections: Migration and Gender; Gendered Narratives of Border Crossing; Gender and the Drawing of Internal Boundaries; and Teaching Gendered Borders.

Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationcardiff
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press
Number of pages281
ISBN (Print)978-0-7083-2170-6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • gender
  • borders
  • ethnicity
  • class
  • interdisciplinary

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