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Against Borders


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Introduction Chapter 1: What Are Open Borders? Chapter 2: Freedom, Coercion, and Open Borders Chapter 3: Open Borders and Distributive Justice Chapter 4 Domination, Oppression, and Violence Chapter 5: Arguments for Closing Borders, Part One: Self-Determination, Security, and the Environment Chapter 6: Arguments for Closing Borders, Part Two: Culture and Social Trust Chapter 7: Resistance and Refusal (Toward an Open Bordered World) Bibliography Index

About the Author

Alex Sager is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and University Studies at Portland State University, USA. His articles on the political philosophy of migration have appeared in journals including Political Studies, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Global Justice: Theory, Practice, and Rhetoric, and in various edited collections


[Sager's] depiction of the global immigration structure as based on racism, perpetuating and creating inequalities along racial lines, forms a powerful and urgent element of the anti-racism movement that is taking place at this time.-- "Network for Migration Matters"
A timely and important contribution to discussions about how to handle the most pressing issues currently facing the world. Sager draws on the concepts of freedom, equality, and distributive justice to push back against common arguments around restricting borders that center on self-determination, security, and cultural values. He not only makes a compelling case for more open borders but also emphasizes the moral responsibility to fight for the rights of migrants. Essential.-- "Choice"
Sager's clear stance, his persuasiveness and holistic view make this book definitely worth reading. It can be recommended to scholars and students looking for an extensive collection of arguments in favour of unrestricted movement--but also to all those who have long been sceptical of borders and their supposed indispensability.-- "LSE Review of Books"
Alex Sager brings the open-borders debate right down to Earth. He connects it to the ongoing effects of racism, colonialism, and so on. And he makes a strong case that opening borders can be not just a philosopher's ideal but a genuine policy option. It's a very important project and he carries it through with his characteristic clarity of thought and extremely impressive breadth of knowledge across both normative and empirical disciplines.--Adam Omar Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University, USA
Against Borders is a courageous, deeply knowledgeable and carefully-argued book. In a field saturated with very familiar arguments for even more well-rehearsed positions on free movement, Alex Sager has broken with the crowd, advancing a multipronged and persuasive case that borders are useless, dangerous, and unjustifiable. This book contains readable theory backed up with a rich array of data. Scholars and non-experts alike will benefit from its content.--Elizabeth F. Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA
Alex Sager's powerfully argued book combines the commitments of an activist with the analytical skills of a political theorist. Drawing on an impressive range of philosophical, historical and social scientific sources, Sager mounts a sustained critique of arguments for border restrictions. Open borders as a feasible political goal has found an eloquent and sophisticated advocate.--David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton, UK
In this timely, insightful, and engaging book, Alex Sager argues that there are compelling considerations in favor of open borders, such as the demands of distributive justice and a careful assessment of immigration enforcement policies. He addresses questions concerning political action in the face of border controls, persuasively enjoining readers to do their part in working towards open borders.--Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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