Rights of Passage

Rights of Passage : The Passport in International Relations

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From the fourteenth century to the twenty-first, the passport has been one of the essential means of identification - and control - of peoples in the international system. Despite predictions that it would soon become an anachronism, it continues to be a central feature of international relations. Mark Salter's narrative of the history of the passport adds a vital perspective to the understanding of world politics. Rights of Passage explores shifting notions of sovereignty, citizenship, and identity, as well as changing concerns with issues of race, class, gender, and nation. Ranging from such topics as health, war, and migration to the current mood of vigilant surveillance, the book sheds new light on the role of borders in the age of globalization.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • 158826145X
  • 9781588261458
  • 1,310,607

Table of contents

Introduction: Two Narratives of the Passport. Health of the Body Politic. War and Official Movement. Passports and International Society. The Disappearance of Passports. Conclusion: Passports, Identity, and International Relations.show more

About Mark B. Salter

Mark B. Salter is assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo.show more

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"An engaging book on a fascinating and under-studied topic." - Peter Andreas "Interesting and innovative.... Salter's book is well conceived and well written, thorough, and highly relevant to the present circumstances at work in world politics." - James N. Rosenaushow more

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