Boundaries and Place: European Borderlands in Geographical Context

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Examining contemporary cultural and political changes in Europe as they are reflected in the region's borderlands, this in-depth analysis combines the classical heritage of boundary studies with a profound understanding of the social construction of borders. The book employs a rich variety of perspectives on globalization, the rise of national and ethnic identities, contemporary European integration, and the enlargement of the EU. Utilizing original case studies that stretch from Lapland to Italy, from Serbia to Northern Ireland, the contributors draw upon border study methodologies ranging from survey questionnaires to discourse analysis, from landscape studies to the exploration of cultural texts. They pay particular attention to the role of geographical scale, identity, history, and social and economic contexts in the dynamic evolution of European borderlands. Throughout, the book explores how borderlands are experienced by ordinary people and employed by institutional actors in charge of cross-border cooperation.

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Editorial Reviews

Professional Geographer
This well-edited volume holds a selection of borderland studies examining the changing role of borders in Europe attempting to integrate aspects of economic and political life while expanding its influence eastward.
— Brian W. Blouet, The College of William and Mary
Brian Graham
A valuable collection of essays
Professional Geographer - Brian W. Blouet
This well-edited volume holds a selection of borderland studies examining the changing role of borders in Europe attempting to integrate aspects of economic and political life while expanding its influence eastward.
David Knight
Valuable as both a general record of the creation and functioning of Euroregions and as a critical research document on the contrasting structures and processes evident in different regions. The approach is original and the scholarship is of a very high order.
Regional Studies
The many cases dealt with in this book are interesting and all of them contribute to a better understanding of the problems of borders and border regions. I would recommend this book not only to researchers involved in these kinds of studies, but also to policy makers and others interested in borders in the broad sense of the word.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847698837
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

David H. Kaplan is professor of geography at Kent State University. Jouni Häkli is professor of regional studies at the University of Tampere, Finland.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
1 Learning from Europe? Borderlands in Social and Geographical Context 1
Pt. I Boundaries in the New Europe
2 The 'Civilisational' Roots of European National Boundaries 18
3 Changing Geographies of Scale and Hierarchy in European Borderlands 34
4 Euroregions in Comparative Perspective 50
Pt. II Change in the 'Established' Europe
5 Transboundary Networking in Catalonia 70
6 Integration and Division in the Basque Borderland 93
7 Asymmetrical and Hybrid Identities in the Northern Italian Borderlands 116
8 Common Spirit in the Upper Rhine Valley? 141
9 Urban Borderlands and the Politics of Place in Northern Ireland 159
Pt. III Change in the Emerging Europe
10 Place, Boundaries, and the Construction of Finnish Territory 178
11 An Emerging Borderland in Eastern Slavonia? 200
12 Galician Identities and Political Cartographies on the Polish-Ukrainian Border 217
13 Place and Discourse in the Formation of the Northeast Estonian Borderland 239
14 Symbolic and Functional Balance on Europe's Northern Borders 255
Index 273
About the Contributors 284
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