This research is part of the MetroNet project supported by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg (FNR Project C09/SR/03). Earlier versions of this article were presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 2010 and the Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) XIth Conference: Mobile borders, Geneva–Grenoble, September 2011. I am grateful for the stimulating comments I received from conference participants.
The Border as a Resource in the Global Urban Space: A Contribution to the Cross-Border Metropolis Hypothesis
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2013
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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1697–1711, September 2014
How to Cite
Sohn, C. (2014), The Border as a Resource in the Global Urban Space: A Contribution to the Cross-Border Metropolis Hypothesis. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38: 1697–1711. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12071
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2013
- National Research Fund of Luxembourg. Grant Number: C09/SR/03
- Border studies;
- city regions;
- cross-border metropolis;
- San Diego-Tijuana;
In a globalized urban world, cross-border metropolises represent a spatial configuration emblematic of the interplay between the space of flows and the space of places. The multiplicity of contexts and processes at work can complicate the identification of what constitutes the singularity of the concept. In order to contribute to these reflections the present article hypothesizes that the specificity of cross-border metropolises does not fundamentally stem from the form they take or the nature of the cross-border integration at work, but rather from the particular role played by national borders in their formation. Opening up borders offers new opportunities for border cities and urban border regions to reinforce their positions at the heart of global economic networks, and to affirm their autonomy as cross-border regional entities. Without minimizing the possible obstructive effects of borders, it is helpful to recognize that they might also represent a resource in the composition of cross-border metropolitan regions.