Cultures of Border ControlSchengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers

Cultures of Border ControlSchengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers

Ruben Zaiotti

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226977867

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

In recent years, a number of European countries abolished national border controls in favor of Europe's external frontiers. In doing so, they challenged long-established conceptions of sovereignty, territoriality, and security in world affairs. Setting forth a new analytic framework informed by constructivism and pragmatism, this book traces the transformation of underlying assumptions and cultural practices guiding European policymakers and postnational Europe, shedding light on current trends characterizing its politics and relations with others. The book also includes a fascinating comparison to developments in North America, where the United States has pursued more restrictive border control strategies since 9/11.