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Gendering Border Studies by Jane Aaron


Gendering Border Studies by Jane Aaron

The study of borders has recently undergone significant transitions, reflecting changes in the functions of boundaries themselves, as the world political map has experienced transformations. Gender (defined as the knowledge about perceived distinctions between the sexes) is an important signifier of borders as constructed and contested lines of differences. In the interplay with other categories of difference like class, race, ethnicity, and religion, it plays a major role in giving meaning to different forms of borders. It is not surprising, then, that an increasing number of studies in the last years have aimed for a gendering of border studies. This book explores this new interdisciplinary field and develops it further. The main questions it asks are: How do we define 'borders', 'frontiers' and 'boundaries' in different disciplinary approaches of gendered border studies? What were and are the main fields of gendered border studies in different fields? What might be important questions for future research? And how useful is an inter- or transdisciplinary approach for gendered border studies? Sixteen established scholars from various disciplines contribute chapters in which they set out how the issue of gender and borders has been approached in their discipline and describe what they expect from future research.

About the Author

Jane Aaron is Professor of English at the University of South Wales. She is the author of Pur fel y Dur - Y Gymraes yn Llen Menywod y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg (University of Wales Press, 1998) and edited Our Sisters' Land (reprinted 2004) and Postcolonial Wales (2005). Her most recent book is Welsh Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2013). Dr. Henrice Altink is Lecturer in History at the University of York. Chris Weedon is chair of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University.

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Publication date

30th June 2010


Jane Aaron

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University of Wales Press


281 pages


Gender studies, gender groups
Human geography



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