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    Interventions in the political geographies of walls

    Till, Karen E. and Sundberg, Juanita and Pullan, Wendy and Psaltis, Charis and Makriyianni, Chara and Zincir Celal, Rana and Onurkan Samani, Meltem and Dowler, Lorraine (2013) Interventions in the political geographies of walls. Political Geography, 33 (1). pp. 52-62. ISSN 0962-6298

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    Walls are symbolic and material manifestations of political boundaries. This Intervention builds upon recent work in political geography that considers borders as sovereign sites of security as well as mobile places of encounter (Johnson et al., 2011; Jones, 2012; Mountz, 2011). Walls may fulfill divisive state agendas through “conflict infrastructures” as Wendy Pullan describes in her Intervention; at the same time they may be used by borderland inhabitants to create “infrastructures of peace” as Charis Psaltis, Chara Makriyianni, Rana Zincir Celal, and Meltem Onurkan Samani argue. Through our focus on walls, we pay attention to new forms of state power, such as “resurgent sovereignty” (Butler, 2006), but also to what Lorraine Dowler describes as “place-based sovereigns” and their embodied practices, such as acts of witnessing that Juanita Sundberg portrays.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Walls; Borders; Jerusalem; Nicosia; Belfast; Berlin; US–Mexico border; State power; Resurgent sovereignty; Place-based sovereignty; Conflict infrastructures; Infrastructures of peace; Witnessing;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 9002
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    Depositing User: Dr. Karen Till
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 14:50
    Journal or Publication Title: Political Geography
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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