30. Borders

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Josiah M. Heyman and
  2. John Symons

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch30

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Heyman, J. M. and Symons, J. (2012) Borders, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch30

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Texas, El Paso, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • borders, borderlanders having practices, personal and official/business relationships;
  • policies and practices found at international borders, tangled pragmatic factors;
  • United States–Mexico border, relevant material from other world regions;
  • distinction between empirical border regions and the “border” in the national interior;
  • territorially bounded geographical spaces, legitimately exercising political agency;
  • International borders, roles in political, economic, and social life;
  • border symbolism, prominence at a distance from actual international borders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Dilemma at the Heart of Liberal Democracy: Moral and Political Philosophers on International Borders

  • Borders, the US-Mexico Border, and the Border

  • Borders and Interiors

  • From Distance to Proximity: Activists at the Land Border

  • From Distance to Proximity: Migrants and Enforcers

  • Borderlanders

  • Conclusion

  • References