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Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel [Hardcover]

Reece Jones

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12 July 2012
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 combined 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 they are meant to protect.

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'Reece Jones's Border Walls links the paranoid narratives of terror and security emanating from the great democracies: the United States, India, and Israel. Rather than see the border walls that strangle these countries into delusions of security, these walls are frameworks to thwart the widest aspirations for human freedom. Like graffiti on the border walls, Jones's book tries to bring sunlight into the darkness of these states.' Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World 'At a time when many commentators are preoccupied by forces undermining the power and authority of the territorial state, Border Walls serves as an important reminder that the modernist political-territorial order still matters. 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" - not just for how people move around and use space, but for how they think about the political geographic organization of the planet.' Alexander B. Murphy, Department of Geography, University of Oregon 'In a compelling analysis of the political agendas, identity politics, and growing civil militarization underlying the construction of barriers between neighboring countries and peoples, Reece Jones makes a significant contribution to the emerging but vital field of securitization studies.' Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) 'Reece Jones provides an incisive and lucid examination of why wall-like barriers have become the tool of choice of so many countries along their geographical perimeters in the post-9-11 era. In doing so, he compellingly demonstrates not only how boundaries are produced, but also how they shape those within, and the relations with peoples and places beyond, in worrisome ways. Empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated, and highly accessible, Border Walls is an important and valuable book.' Joseph Nevins, author of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid

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Dr. Reece Jones is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a leading authority on political borders. He has published fifteen research articles in highly-ranked journals as well as opinion pieces in newspapers around the world on the role borders play in globalization and the global war on terror. He has won awards for both teaching and writing and was recently elected the Secretary/Treasurer for the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 10 Aug 2012
By Barkley - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides an insightful and lively discussion of how our professed ideals often collide with the reality of our deeds. If more politicians and voters would read books like this, our world would indeed be a more safe and humane place. My congratulations to Prof. Jones for writing a book that truly makes one think and reflect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful, important book on globalization and newly militarized borders. 11 Aug 2012
By Robert R. Perkinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Celebrants of globalization have claimed that integrated commerce will lead to a more peaceful world, in which the power of states wanes while innovation, competition, and cultural exchange flourish. Reece Jones's trenchant and sobering new book demonstrates, to the contrary, that globalization can proceed hand-in-hand with state fortification of the most brutal sort. By examining the recent construction of colossal border fences in the United States, Israel, and India, Jones shows how the rhetoric of anti-terrorism has been used not just to fortify previously porous frontiers but to exacerbate economic inequality, partition communities, and securitize democratic governments. For anyone interested in globalization, state formation, political geography, and human rights, this is a vital book: clearly and concisely written, vigorously argued, powerful and important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Border Walls 21 Jun 2013
By Paul A. LaPage - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very important book. A single insightful nugget on page 154 that clearly and unequivocally explains the Israeli position on West Bank occupation policy makes the entire book worth the purchase price. In one short paragraph the author has recognized and enunciated the circular reasoning that the Israel government uses to justify its never-ending oppression of the Palestinian people. Just as quickly it also implies, and correctly so, why it will not have a good ending for the Palestinians.
5.0 out of 5 stars Border Walls:Security and the War on Terror in the United States India, and Israel 6 Nov 2013
By Dr. Erna Lund - Published on Amazon.com
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If one is interested in a factual, authoritative study into behind the walls, behind the scenes of countries and governments currently using walls to achieve their aims, politically, socially/ethnically, economically ... basically in every conceivable/inconceivable way and tactic, then Reece Jones has provided this valuable source/resource for the reader.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, Heavy on Theory 18 Oct 2013
By Sam Tranum - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was far more theoretical than I'd hoped. If you're looking for a fact-full account of the proliferation of border barriers around the world in recent years, as I was, this is not it. On the other hand, if you're looking for a critical account of this phenomenon's causes, justifications and implications in the US, India, and Israel, then this is just the right book for you. Definitely interesting.
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