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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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Border Kinopower

Border Kinopower

(p.21) Chapter 1 Border Kinopower
Theory of the Border

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out the theoretical framework of the book. Since the border is in motion, it requires a theoretical framework also defined by this motion, or a kinopolitics. This chapter lays out the kinopolitical theoretical framework defined by flows, junctions, and circulations and defines the border as a social limit junction within a broader circulatory process of expansion by expulsion. Additionally, it defines the four kinetic features of any border: the mark, the limit, the boundary, and the frontier. Each of these words is not only distinct, but each has a specifically kinopolitical meaning that reveals the basic and common structure of the border as a limit junction of social circulation. The mark, the limit, the boundary, and the frontier each describe a specific kinetic function of the border.

Keywords:   kinopolitics, boundary, mark, limit, circulation, flow, frontier, march, mobility

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