The shifting border: Legal cartographies of migration and mobility

Ayelet Shachar in dialogue

By Ayelet Shachar

The shifting border: Legal cartographies of migration and mobility


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4531-4
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: February 2020
  • BIC Category: Sociology, PHILOSOPHY / Political, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship, Humanities / Social & political philosophy, Law / Citizenship & nationality law, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration
  • Series: Critical Powers


The border is one of the most urgent issues of our times. Traditionally, we think of a border as a hard, static line, but recent bordering techniques have broken away from the lines on the map as governments have developed sophisticated legal tools to limit the rights of migrants both before and after they enter a country's territory. The consequent detachment of state power from any fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border, an adjustable legal construct untethered in space. This dramatic transformation unsettles assumptions about waning sovereignty while also revealing the limits of the populist push toward border-fortification. It also presents a tremendous opportunity to creatively rethink states' responsibilities to migrants. This book proposes a new, functional approach to human mobility and access to membership in a world where borders, like people, have the capacity to move.


Ayelet Shachar is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto


Series editor's foreword - Peter Niesen
Part I: Lead essay
1 The shifting border: legal cartographies of migration and mobility - Ayelet Shachar
Part II: Responses
2 Monsters, Inc.: the fight back - Sara Fine
3 Migration, time and the shift toward autocracy - Noora Lori
4 Borders that stay, move, and expand - Steffen Mau
5 Pushing out and bleeding in: on the mobility of borders - Leti Volpp
6 The law and politics of the 'shifting border' - Chimène I. Keitner
7 The underrated premium of territorial arrival - Jacob Huber
Part III: Reply
8 Finding a place for justice: a reply to my interlocutors - Ayelet Shachar

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