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Border Identities

Border Identities
Nation and State at International Frontiers


Thomas M. Wilson, Hastings Donnan, Peter Sahlins, William A. Douglass, Henk Driessen, Michael Kearney, Dan Rabinowitz, John Borneman, A. P. Cheater, Janet Carsten, Chris Hann, Ildiko Beller-Hann, Martin Stokes
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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587457

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  • This book offers fresh insights into the complex and various ways in which international frontiers influence cultural identities. The ten anthropological case studies collected here describe specific international borders in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, and bring out the importance of boundary politics, and the diverse forms that it may take. The frontier itself may be of great symbolic importance; in other cases the symbolism lies rather in the disappearance of the traditional border. A frontier may be above all a barrier against immigration, or the front line between hostile armies. It may reinforce distinctive identities on each side of it, or the frontier may be disputed because it cuts across national identities. Drawing on anthropological perspectives, the book explores how cultural landscapes intersect with political boundaries, and ways in which state power informs cultural identity.

    • Deals with significant topic in line with current interests in social/cultural anthropology
    • Good geographical coverage - Zimbabwe, California/Mexico, Germany, Israel/Palestine, Malaysia, Turkey/Syria, Catalonia, Pyrenees
    • Useful coverage of other hot topics: politics of landscapes; gender and nationalism; contruction of national identities; 'local' versus 'global'
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587457
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 11 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Nation, state and identity at international borders
    2. State formation and national identity in the Catalan borderland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
    3. A western perspective on an eastern intepretation of where north meets south: Pyrenean borderland cultures
    4. The 'new immigration' and the transformation of the European/Africa frontier
    5. Transnationalism in California and Mexico at the end of empire
    6. National identity on the frontier: Palestinians in the Israeli educational system
    7. 'Grenzregime': the Wall and its aftermath
    8. Transcending the state? Gender and borderline constructions of citizenship in Zimbabwe
    9. Borders, boundaries, tradition and state on the Malaysian periphery
    10. Markets, morality and modernity in north-east Turkey
    11. Imagining 'the south': hybridity, heterotropies and Arabesk on the Turkish Syrian border.

  • Editors

    Thomas M. Wilson, Queen's University Belfast

    Hastings Donnan, Queen's University Belfast


    Thomas M. Wilson, Hastings Donnan, Peter Sahlins, William A. Douglass, Henk Driessen, Michael Kearney, Dan Rabinowitz, John Borneman, A. P. Cheater, Janet Carsten, Chris Hann, Ildiko Beller-Hann, Martin Stokes

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