publication . Article . 2015

Introduction: Borders, Informality, International Trade and Customs

Thomas Cantens; Robert Ireland; Gaël Raballand;
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  • Published: 16 Dec 2015 Journal: Journal of Borderlands Studies, volume 30, pages 365-380 (issn: 0886-5655, eissn: 2159-1229, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This special section deals with the "informal" cross-border trade in goods. Trading goods is an original human activity that precedes borders (Renfrew 1969). With the rise of nation-states with demarcated political boundaries, trade that crosses borders became regulated by government institutions such as Customs, with tariffs, quotas, or outright prohibitions. While borders are perhaps not quite "the dead, the fixed, the undialectical, the immobile" (Foucault 1970, 70), they are a formal structure that places less flexibility on trade activities. Focusing on informality thus provided an opportunity to reflect on the governance of international trade, which has b...
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free text keywords: informal sector, customs, black market, border management, regional trade, Economics, Political sociology, The Symbolic, International trade, business.industry, business, Politics, Government, Feeling, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Human resources, Psyche, Corporate governance
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