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Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe / Edition 1

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Overview

In a study that is original and timely, Eve Darian-Smith uses the Channel Tunnel between England and France to explore the shifting geographies of nationalism, postcolonialism, and legal autonomy in the formation of the European Union. Conducting ethnographic research in Kent, the county at the English mouth of the Tunnel, she looks at regional differences in feelings about Europe and at the vocabulary used in discussing the Tunnel. Visual representations—political cartoons, photographs, etchings—regarding the Tunnel are also examined.

Two hundred years after Napoleon planned to invade England via a tunnel, the completion in 1994 of a fast rail link between Great Britain and the European mainland symbolizes the disintegration of conventional state borders. While the Tunnel precariously affirms the ideal of a united Europe, it also brings to the fore questions of boundaries between the first and third worlds, colonizers and colonized, and the "East" and the "West." Bridging Divides is about much more than an engineering feat. By exploring historical narratives, tunnel stories, and legal myths, Darian-Smith's study shows the interconnections between people's memories of the past and current history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520216112
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Eve Darian-Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and coeditor, with Peter Fitzpatrick, of Laws of the Postcolonial (1998). She trained in anthropology at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and has also practiced law in Melbourne, Australia.
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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction 1
1 Landscape and Law in the English Imagination 17
2 Kent: Garden of England and Gateway to Europe 41
3 Napoleon's Long Shadow, 1802-1985: The Conflation of Territory, Identity, and Nationalism 71
4 Penetrating Britannia, 1986-1994: The Continuing Significance of Sovereignty 94
5 "The Assassination of Kent": Local Politics, Environmental Concerns, and Rethinking the Centrality of British Law 117
6 Rabies Rides the Fast Train: Transnational Interactions in Postcolonial Times 141
7 Locating a Reinvigorated Kentish Identity: New Connections, New Divisions 160
Conclusion: A Shifting Perspective on Europe 189
Appendix 1 Key Dates in the History of the Channel Tunnel Project 197
Appendix 2 An Analysis of European Union Survey Statistics on Attitudes toward the Channel Tunnel 204
Appendix 3 A Summary of European Union Treaties, Legislation, and Agreements Relevant to the Channel Tunnel 211
Bibliography 221
Index 253
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