‘Borderlands’ runner-up for 2008 ABS Book Award
Association for Borderlands Studies recognizes collection edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly.
The University of Ottawa Press is pleased to announce that Borderlands: Comparing Border Security in Europe and North America, edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, has been named the runner-up for the 2008 Association for Borderlands Studies Book Award.
The ABS Awards committee made this comment about Borderlands:
"University of Victoria professor Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly has put together a splendid and much needed collection of essays dealing with border security in North America and Europe. This well organized volume is premised on the contention that 'the study of borders and borderlands requires more than partial explanations currently available to explain the relative porosity of borders.' Its strength lies in the diversity of studies ranging from ethnographic analysis of the trade in recycled clothing between Mexico and the United States, to migratory controls along Europe’s maritime borders, to examinations of post-9/11 antiterrorist policy and the U.S.-Visit program. Its contributors provide ample evidence that a top-down approach to border security is fundamentally flawed and bound to be ineffective in advancing the complex agenda of securitization, even in a post 9/11 world. Brunet-Jailly’s proposed model of borderlands security is highly instructive even if it is incomplete and is sure to stimulate comparative thinking in this policy domain. In sum, this is an excellent place to start for an overview and analysis of the many contemporary issues surrounding the problem of border security."
The UOP congratulates Professor Brunet-Jailly and all the volume’s contributors on their achievement.