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Border Thinking on the Edges of The West Crossing Over the Hellespont by Andrew Davison

Border Thinking on the Edges of The West Crossing Over the Hellespont

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Border Thinking on the Edges of The West Crossing Over the Hellespont by Andrew Davison

Drawing on scholarly and life experience on, and over, the historically posited borders between West and East, the work identifies, interrogates, and challenges a particular, enduring, violent inheritance - what it means to cross over a border - from the classical origins of Western political thought. The study has two parts. The first is an effort to work within the Western tradition to demonstrate its foundational and enduring, violent conception of crossing over borders. The second is a creative effort to explore and encourage a fundamentally different outlook towards borders and what it means to be on, at, or over them. The underlying social theoretical disposition of the work is a form of post-Orientalist hermeneutics; the textual subject matter of the two parts of the study is linked using Walter Benjamin's concept of the storyteller. The underlying premise of the work is that the sense of violent possibility on the borders between West and East existed well before the more recent age of imperialism and even before there was a West or an East to speak of. That sense is constitutive of a political imagination about borders developed deep within the revered sources of Western culture. On the other hand, confronting the influence of such violent imaginaries requires truly novel modes of hermeneutical openness, hospitality and solidarity. Seeking to offer a new understanding and opening in the study of borders, this work will provide a significant contribution to several areas including international relations theory, border studies and political theory.


'Andrew Davison's book is a fascinating read. It is a highly original work ... the reader comes out greatly enlightened on what it means to talk about borders. Not only does border thinking clearly occur, but the author also successfully manages to provide an alternative vision of how to think of a world beyond borders. ... This book is contributing to the development of fulfilling and satisfying transformation of a political analysis of literature that no longer thinks through borders between different bodies of literature. This book does not teach how to cross meaningfully and ethically a border but rather how to erase the artificial' - Juliette Tolay, Penn State Harrisburg, in 'Political Theory', Vol. 14/No. 2, June 2016, pp. 547-548'

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Andrew Davison is Professor of Political Science at Vassar College, USA.

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31st October 2016


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