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Violence on the Margins

States, Conflict, and Borderlands

  • Editors
  • Benedikt Korf
  • Timothy Raeymaekers

Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introducing a Borderland Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Benedikt Korf, Tobias Hagmann, Martin Doevenspeck
      Pages 29-54
    3. Markus Virgil Hoehne, Dereje Feyissa
      Pages 55-84
  3. The Border’s Rough Terrain: Violence, Security and the Border

  4. The Border as Frontier: States, Sovereignty and Identity

  5. “Bringing the State Back In”: Borders, War Economies and Peace Economies

  6. Epilogue: The View from the Border

    1. Jonathan Goodhand
      Pages 247-264
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-289

About this book


This survey of various African and Asian conflicts examines people's experiences on territorial borders and the ways they affect political configurations. By focusing on individuals' routines and daily life, these contributions treat borderland dynamics as actual political units with their own actions and outcomes.


Civil War conflict conflicts Figuration identity Peace Peace Building sovereignty violence

About the authors

Tobias Hagmann, University of California at Berkeley, USA Martin Doevenspeck, University of Bayreuth, Germany Sylvia Brown, Assistant Professor, Denison University, USA Gillian Mathys, Graduate Student, University of Ghent, Belgium Christine Bichsel, Senior Researcher, University of Fribourg, Switzerland Bert Suykens, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Ghent, Belgium Wolfgang Zeller, African Borderlands Research Network, University of Edinburgh, UK Aboubakr Tandia, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal Jonathan Goodhand, Professor, Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Bibliographic information


'Violence on the Margins represents, collectively, real progress in conceptualizing the idea of border violence both in its essence and in its great variety in diverse settings. Its comparative sweep marks an admirable advance in clarity and nuance when read in the light of the field's pioneers: Kopytoff, Barth, Leach, and Peter Sahlins.' - James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University, USA

'This book is a delight. It vividly brings to life the complex politics of frontiers and borderlands in contested zones of Africa and Asia, and gives us fresh insights into processes of state-making, state-breaking, and renegotiation across critical fault-lines in the modern international system.' - Christopher Clapham, Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, UK

'Benedikt Korf and Timothy Raeymaekers have given us with this book a highly valuable addition to the literature, one that gives momentum to the body of work pushing the study of borders and borderlands, and indeed frontiers, nearer the center of work on political spaces, institutional evolution, state formation, 'development,' and violent conflict. The comparative interest of the book - with Asian and African case studies - fizzes with inter-disciplinary creative tensions, enriches the reading of each case, and points to further useful work to come.' - Christopher Cramer, Head of Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK