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Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel Paperback – Aug 7 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (Aug. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848138237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848138230
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #815,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Aug. 10 2012
By Barkley - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An insightful, important book on globalization and newly militarized borders. Aug. 11 2012
By Robert R. Perkinson - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Border Walls June 20 2013
By Paul A. LaPage - Published on
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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.
Border Walls:Security and the War on Terror in the United States India, and Israel Nov. 6 2013
By Dr. Erna Lund - Published on
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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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Good Book, Heavy on Theory Oct. 18 2013
By Sam Tranum - Published on
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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.