Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel: Reece Jones

*** Winner of the 2013 Julian Minghi Outstanding Research Award presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting ***

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, why are leading democracies like the United States, India, and Israel building massive walls and fences on their borders? Despite predictions of a borderless world through globalization, these three countries alone have built an astonishing total of 5,700 kilometers of security barriers. In this groundbreaking work, Reece Jones analyzes how these controversial border security projects were justified in their respective countries, what consequences these physical barriers have on the lives of those living in these newly securitized spaces, and what long-term effects the hardening of political borders will have in these societies and globally.

Border Walls is a bold, important intervention that demonstrates that the exclusion and violence necessary to secure the borders of the modern state often undermine the very ideals of freedom and democracy the barriers are meant to protect.

Review

Reece Jones has written an important book Klaus Dodds Royal Holloway

Reece Jones convincingly shows that the border security arrangements of the past decade are likely to be among the most enduring consequences of the global ‘war on terror’ Alexander B. Murphy University of Oregon

Reece Jones makes a significant contribution to the emerging but vital field of securitization studies. Jeff Halper Director of ICAHD

Empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated, and highly accessible, ‘Border Walls’ is an important and valuable book.Joseph Nevins Vassar College

About the Author

Dr. Reece Jones is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a leading authority on political borders.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zed Books (July 12, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1848138237
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1848138230
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.52 x 8.5 inches

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