In Asia, where authoritarian-developmental states have proliferated, social control and statehood are heavily contested in borderland spaces. As an outcome, in the post-Cold War world, borders have not only redefined Asian mobilities and mobilities and incomes, they have also rekindled neighboring relations and raised questions about security and citizenship.
The contributors to the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands, (PDF) stress some of these processes taking place at the fringe of the state. Proposing an array of comparative perspectives of Asian borders and borderlands in the global context, this textbook is divided into thematic sections, including:
- militarization of borderlands
- Livelihoods, commodities, and mobilities
- Physical land use and agrarian transformation
- Re- The conceptualizing trade and the economy in the borderlands
- Boundaries and borders of the state and the notion of statelessness
- The existence and influence of religions, humanitarians, and NGOs
Causing us to rethink and essentially question some of the categories of nation, state, and the economy, this is a vital resource for students and scholars of Asian Studies, Anthropology, Border Studies, Social and Cultural Studies.
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