Ry Faraola

Borders are Social Constructions

Throughout history we have watched our nations borders flux. From the original thirteen colonies, to a coast to coast nation, histories become our narrative to understanding how and why lines are drawn between nations. Studying all of this under a scope: from Machiavelli's concept of the nation-state to 'manifest destiny', the context of "bordering" becomes apparent as a constructed political, economic, and conflict ridden strategy. When the world operates in a way where there can be free trade of capital between nations, yet the movement of people between them is restricted, we must ask ourselves what do these borders really mean, who constructed them, and why?
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