By Elisabeth Boesen,Gregor Schnuer
The expectancies of eu planners for the slow disappearance of nationwide borders, and the corresponding prognoses of social scientists, have became out to be over-optimistic. Borders haven't disappeared – now not even in a unified and predominantly peaceable Europe – yet particularly they've got replaced, develop into extra diverse and, in a definite experience, cellular, taking over an immense function within the daily lives of extra humans than ever earlier than. additionally, it really is now largely authorised that borders don't simply prevent verbal exchange and the formation of relationships, but in addition channel and prefigure them in a good means. offering a few stories of lifestyle in eu borderlands, this e-book addresses the multifarious and intricate ways that borders functionality as either boundaries and bridges. targeting ‘established’ Western eu borderlands – apart from 3 contrasting instances – the publication makes an attempt a flip from clash to concord within the research of borderlands and therefore examines the extra mundane manifestations of border existence and the advanced, frequently subconscious reasons of daily cross-border practices.
The number of chapters demonstrates that even in terms of ‘open’ political borders, the border continues to be an everlasting issue that's not competently defined as both a frustrating barrier or a fascinating bridge. The reviews examine bordering approaches, not just impending them from assorted disciplinary angles – sociology, anthropology, geography, heritage, political technology and literary experiences – but in addition deciding upon diversified scales and making comparisons that diversity from assorted borders of 1 nation to the reactions and attitudes of other participants in one borderland village.
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European Borderlands: Living with Barriers and Bridges (Border Regions Series) by Elisabeth Boesen,Gregor Schnuer