Special Issue "Reshaping the World: Rethinking Borders"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ernesto Castañeda

American University, Department of Sociology, Washington, United States
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The relevance of physical borders and social boundaries seems to be on the rise; as an example, the growing talk about the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico. European skepticism about its ability to integrate refugees is gaining popularity, with demands on stricter border control and attacks to the free-movement policy within the European Union. These were also some of the main points of leave supporters during the Brexit campaign. Through history, the location and meaning of borders have constantly shifted, the national and international constellations of political powers get naturalized in borderlands, identities are challenged and rebuilt, and multiple distinctions between "true" citizens fade and re-emerge. The goal of this Special Issue is to create a multidisciplinary space to critically analyze and discuss the political and sociological implications of the increased solidification of national borders that we are currently facing, worldwide.

We invite the submission of papers that look at:

  • The rise of the modern nation-state and the birth of national borders.
  • The historical connection between nation-building, contention, and border policing.
  • The spread of discourse and policies around “border security.”
  • The military and civilian policing and surveillance of political borders.
  • The effect of border discourse on everyday interactions away from border areas.
  • Border enforcement reporting and changes in social boundary-making.
  • The link between racism and white nationalism and the increasing talk about immigrant threats.
  • Realities and exaggerations around migrant, refugee, and border crises.
  • Data on actual flows of people between border-free zones, e.g., European Union and porous borders in the developing world.
  • The successes of internal migration.
  • Theoretical and methodological innovations to transcend methodological-nationalism and epistemology.
  • Globalization/deglobalization, democratization/dedemocratization and xenophobia.
  • Categorical inequality and immigrant exclusion.
  • What could be feasible alternatives to the international system of nation-states?

We aim to produce a high-quality Special Issue with contributions from scholars with an active research agenda or record of publishing on these questions. Papers should be based in empirical realities and hope to address policy challenges. Papers should be written in a clear way with scholars and students in mind but also a wider audience. The paper will be blindly peer-reviewed, and there will be no publication costs associated with the process. Social Sciences is one of the rising open access journals in the field of social science that aims to deliver broader interdisciplinary discussions on important academic and social debates. Based in Switzerland, MDPI has experience publishing in the natural sciences in a vetted rigorous and expedient fashion since 1996.

Dr. Ernesto Castañeda
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • borders
  • state-formation
  • nationalism
  • social construction of borders and illegality
  • crimmigration
  • cosmopolitanism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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