Walled States, Waning Sovereignty
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Description: Why do walls marking national boundaries proliferate amid widespread proclamations ofglobal connectedness and despite anticipation of a world without borders? Why are barricades builtof concrete, steel, and barbed wire when threats to the nation today are so often miniaturized,vaporous, clandestine, dispersed, or networked? In Walled States, WaningSovereignty, Wendy Brown considers the recent spate of wall building in contrast to theerosion of nation-state sovereignty. Drawing on classical and contemporary political theories ofstate sovereignty in order to understand how state power and national identity persist amid itsdecline, Brown considers both the need of the state for legitimacy and the popular desires thatincite the contemporary building of walls. The new walls -- dividing Texas from Mexico, Israel fromPalestine, South Africa from Zimbabwe -- consecrate the broken boundaries they would seem to contestand signify the ungovernability of a range of forces unleashed by globalization. Yet these samewalls often amount to little more than theatrical props, frequently breached, and blur thedistinction between law and lawlessness that they are intended to represent. But if today's wallsfail to resolve the conflicts between globalization and national identity, they nonetheless projecta stark image of sovereign power. Walls, Brown argues, address human desires for containment andprotection in a world increasingly without these provisions. Walls respond to the wish for horizonseven as horizons are vanquished.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Zone Books
Publication date: 2/7/2014
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall