ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 2, ISSUE : 1, January-March, 2014 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
CHANGING THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF BORDER STUDIES: A POLITICO-GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION
Gaurav Kumar & Gayettri Dixit
 
ABSTRACT
Border studies are fundamental to the discipline of political geography. With the advent of globalisation, spatial processes of de-territorialisation and re-territorialisation have gained significance. There has been a substantial change in theoretical underpinnings pertaining to border studies. Initially boundary study was descriptive in nature and focused merely on the study of its history and location. The approach has transformed with the growing importance of the function of the boundaries. Its significance was appreciated in the form of circulation in the frontier region which resulted in the shift of focus from boundary studies to border studies. With the advent of post-modernism as the dominant paradigm, the discipline of social sciences is also witnessing ‘cultural turn’. Earlier border studies were preoccupied merely with the question of ‘where’ of borders. The significant shift in the terrain of mode of interrogation is apparent with the focus on ‘why’ for borders.
 
KEYWORD
Abstract Territoriality, Check Points, Concrete Territoriality, Cultural Turn, Mental Map, Othering, Social Bordering.
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