Rethinking border walls as fluid meshworks

Ozguc, Umut 2020, Rethinking border walls as fluid meshworks, Security Dialogue, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.1177/0967010620939389.

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Title Rethinking border walls as fluid meshworks
Author(s) Ozguc, UmutORCID iD for Ozguc, Umut
Journal name Security Dialogue
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2020-09-15
ISSN 0967-0106
Keyword(s) Borders
Separation Wall
Social Sciences
International Relations
Summary We tend to see border walls as stable concrete fortifications. This article seeks to offer an alternative understanding of walls by suggesting a shift in border studies from network thinking to meshwork thinking. Despite references to multiplicity, concepts of networks and assemblages in border studies continue to provide neat narratives of walls. This article reimagines the border beyond sovereign–disciplinary–biopolitical networks and assemblages. It argues that border walls are constituted by and constitutive of the ever-shifting transformative movements of lines: colonizing lines, crack lines and lines of flight. By tracing the lines of the Separation Wall in the West Bank, this article reveals that, on the border, all these lines coexist, entangle with one another, and in their entanglements, they alter each other to form a fluid meshwork. Meshwork thinking shows the constant mobility of the border and shifts our attention to the power of molecular movements beneath the state in creating, sustaining and disrupting power politics. By presenting a less state-centric, more complex picture of the Separation Wall, this article aims to highlight the movement of the lines that transform the border into a meshwork.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0967010620939389
Field of Research 1606 Political Science
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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