A perspective from border studies imagines an emerging global order based on how an increasing number, extent and intensity of borders, bordering practice and borderlands interact with the forces of globalization. The result of this interaction is an evolving, richly textured and complex layering of global transition in which several processes are apparent with spatial signatures. These are related to and explained by new conceptualizations of borders and an emerging theory of borders in motion. Foremost among the conceptualizations is the notion of shifting: borders and borderlands are not necessarily where they appear to be or where they once were. Another is positioning: imposition and superimposition that creates constantly changing border spaces, bordering practices and border places. Finally, packing develops intensities of border function and articulates variable border production. These conceptualizations of borders in motion offer a new credence and framework of inherited and enhanced territorial differentiation and compilation, which elevates the discourse beyond cardinality, colonialism and continentality, interrogates these ingrained notions, and suggests that the world is indeed evolved and evolving (b)ordered space.

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Keywords Bordering practice, borderlands, layered global transition, packing borders, positioning borders, shifting borders
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020881715605417
Journal International Studies
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Konrad, V. (2013). Continental East-West and Global North-South? Re-imagining (B)orders in Globalization. In International Studies (Vol. 50, pp. 16–34). doi:10.1177/0020881715605417