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Paasi, Anssi (2019) Borderless worlds and beyond : challenging the state-centric cartographies. In : Paasi, A. (Ed.), Prokkola, E.K. (Ed.), Saarinen, J. (Ed.), Zimmerbauer, K. (Ed.). (2019). Borderless Worlds for Whom?. pp. 21-36. London: Routledge,

Borderless worlds and beyond : challenging the state-centric cartographies

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Author: Paasi, Anssi1
Organizations: 1Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-04-25


This chapter presents Ohmae’s economistic visions and claims that borders should be open for migrants in the name of freedom of movement, human rights, and economic competitiveness. It explores various perspectives on a ’world without borders’ starting from Ohmae’s economistic thinking and cosmopolitan idealism and then moving onto radical alternatives. The 1990s witnessed a major renaissance in border studies, which had remained rather static since World War II. The 1990s also witnessed the rise of the ’borderless world’ thesis that reverberated with the intensifying flows of finance capital, goods, and cultural influences. The chapter outlines the relations between territory, borders and moral concerns, and looks at the arguments behind the ’borderless world’ thesis as well as its current significance. ’Borderless world’ was also a conceptual novelty, echoing the collapse of the Cold War geopolitical order and the search for a new one.

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ISBN: 978-0-429-42781-7
Pages: 21 - 36
DOI: 10.4324/9780429427817-2
Host publication: Borderless worlds for whom? : ethics, moralities and mobilities
Host publication editor: Paasi, Anssi
Prokkola, Eeva-Kaisa
Saarinen, Jarkko
Zimmerbauer, Kaj
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Borderless Worlds for Whom? on 25 October, available online: