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Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives. Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerful counterpoint to the idea of an imminent borderless world, underscoring the impact borders have on a range of issues, such as economic development, inter- and intra-state conflict, global terrorism, migration, nationalism, international law, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management. Diener and Hagen demonstrate how and why borders have been, are currently, and will undoubtedly remain hot topics across the social sciences and in the global headlines for years to come. This compact volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of scholars and students, including geographers, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, international relations and law experts, as well as lay readers interested in understanding current events.

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©2012 Oxford University Press (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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My favourite Very Short Introduction so far

If you could sum up Borders: A Very Short Introduction  in three words, what would they be?

Surprising, illuminating, thought-provoking

What was one of the most memorable moments of Borders: A Very Short Introduction ?

The authors deal with the importance of feminism very well.

What about Mark Turetsky’s performance did you like?

Nothing in particular.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I couldn't. I have now listened to it twice, in chunks.

Any additional comments?

I was new to thinking about borders when I listened to this, and I love the interdisciplinary consideration of what borders can mean from so many perspectives. I really hadn't thought about borders in so many ways before. Fascinating.