Space, Borders, Power

Culture, Politics and Global Justice Research Cluster (CPGJ)

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Reading Group on Space, Borders, Power

Come and join the Reading Group on Space, Borders, Power at the Faculty of Education!

Meetings will take place every other Wednesday, starting from 15/11, from 4.00pm-5.30pm, at Room 2S5, Donald McIntyre Building (DMB), Faculty of Education. After the meeting, the group will meet for a drink to socialise at the Cambridge Wine Merchants (163 Cherry Hilton Road) – all welcome to join!  

The RG will have a different dynamic: every meeting one of the texts of the list below will be discussed. At the end of every session, a volunteer will pick the text for the following meeting. All participants are welcome to choose a text from the list (at any order), introduce it to the group, and kick off the discussion.

The text for the following meetings will be announced by email, on the Faculty of Education’s website, and on the CPGJ website (under construction).

For any questions about the RG, please contact

List of Readings:

(Re)shaping borders: globalisation and new borderings:

Newman, D. (2006). The lines that continue to separate us: borders in our `borderless’ world. Progress in Human Geography, 30(2), 143–161.

Sassen, S. (2005). When national territory is home to the global: old borders to novel borderings. New Political Economy, 10(4), 523–541.  

Sassen, S. (2012). Interactions of the technical and the social. Information, Communication & Society, 15(4), 455–478.  

Sassen, S. (2017). Embedded borderings: making new geographies of centrality. Territory, Politics, Governance, 0(0), 1–11.

Space and geopolitics:

Cox, K. R. (1998). Spaces of dependence, spaces of engagement and the politics of scale, or: looking for local politics. Political Geography, 17(1), 1–23.  

Harvey, D. (2006). Space as a Keyword. In N. Castree & D. Gregory (Eds.), David Harvey (pp. 70–93). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. .

Jessop, B., Brenner, N., & Jones, M. (2008). Theorizing sociospatial relations. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26, 389–401.

Massey, D. (1994). Space, place, and gender. Cambridge: Polity (Ch. 11. Politics and Space/Time, pp. 249-272).  

Mitchell, K., & Kallio, K. P. (2017). Spaces of the geosocial: exploring transnational topologies. Geopolitics, 22(1), 1–14.

Robertson, S. L. (2009). ‘Spatializing’ the sociology of education. In S. J. Ball, M. W. Apple, & L. A. Gandin (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education (pp. 15–26). Routledge Handbooks Online.

Robertson, S. L. (2011). The new spatial politics of (re)bordering and (re)ordering the state-education-citizen relation. International Review of Education; Dordrecht, 57(3–4), 277–297.

Politics, power and exclusion:

Hayden, P. (2008). From exclusion to containment: Arendt, sovereign power, and statelessness. Societies Without Borders, 3(2), 248–269.

Krause, M. (2008). Undocumented migrants: an Arendtian perspective. European Journal of Political Theory, 7(3), 331–348.

Minca, C. (2007). Agamben’s geographies of modernity. Political Geography, 26(1), 78–97.  

Pratt, G. (2005). Abandoned women and spaces of the exception. Antipode, 37(5), 1052–1078.  

Sanyal, R. (2014). Urbanizing refuge: interrogating spaces of displacement. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(2), 558–572.  


Katz, M. B., Maurer, B., & Wright, E. O. (2011). On genealogies of citizenship by Margaret Somers. Socio-economic Review, 9(2).

Miller, D. (1995). Citizenship and pluralism. Political Studies, 43(3), 432–450.

Sparke, M. B. (2006). A neoliberal nexus: economy, security and the biopolitics of citizenship on the border. Political Geography, 25(2), 151–180.  

Borders, power and territory:

Brenner, N., & Elden, S. (2009). Henri Lefebvre on state, space, territory. International Political Sociology, 3(4), 353–377. .

Foucault, M. (2007). Security, territory, population. (M. Senellart, Ed.) (Online Edition). (Lecture 1: 11 January, 1978). Springer Nature. Retrieved from  

Newman, D. (2003). On borders and power: a theoretical framework. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 18(1), 13–25.

Paasi, A. (2009). Bounded spaces in a ‘borderless world’: border studies, power and the anatomy of territory. Journal of Power, 2(2), 213–234.  

Rumford, C. (2006). Theorizing borders. European Journal of Social Theory, 9(2), 155–169.

Experiences of power and borders:

Becker, J. (2016). Europe’s other periphery. New Left Review, 99, 39–64.

Coplan, D. B. (2010). First meets third: analyzing inequality along the US‐Mexico and South Africa‐Lesotho borders. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 25(2), 53–64. .

Ho, E. L. E. (2017). The geo-social and global geographies of power: urban aspirations of ‘worlding’ African students in China. Geopolitics, 22(1), 15–33.  

Leung, M. W. H., & Waters, J. L. (2017). Educators sans frontières? Borders and power geometries in transnational education. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(8), 1276–1291.  

Orsini, G., Canessa, A., Campo, L. G. M. del, & Pereira, J. B. (2017). Fixed lines, permanent transitions: international borders, cross-border communities and the transforming experience of otherness. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 0(0), 1–16.  

Sala, V. D. (2017). Homeland security: territorial myths and ontological security in the European Union. Journal of European Integration, 39(5), 545–558.  

Singh, M. A., & Pani, N. (2012). Territories beyond geography: an alternative approach to the demands for new states in India. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 50(1), 121–140.