Living (with) Borders: Identity Discourses on East-West Borders in Europe

Living (with) Borders: Identity Discourses on East-West Borders in Europe

by Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
     
 

ISBN-10: 075460943X

ISBN-13: 9780754609438

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Many nation states in Europe have undergone dramatic social and political upheaval with the construction of new or the redefinition of existing national borders. This fascinating book focuses on the complex cultural identities of people who live in communities that straddle the border that stretches from the Adriatic to the Baltic Sea. The macro world of politics -

Overview

Many nation states in Europe have undergone dramatic social and political upheaval with the construction of new or the redefinition of existing national borders. This fascinating book focuses on the complex cultural identities of people who live in communities that straddle the border that stretches from the Adriatic to the Baltic Sea. The macro world of politics - the outcome of the Second World War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavia - imposed major social, political and economic changes for each of three generations of people currently living in these communities.

A consortium of researchers from the countries in question conducted fieldwork and interviews with members of such three-generation families. All used identical and innovative methods of research and data evaluation. The results unearth an astounding wealth of data relating to people's everyday experiences, their memories of the past, and their understanding of and feelings about "the others" across the border. Discourse analytical methods evaluate these stories to demonstrate the complex and often self-contradictory ways in which people construct multiple identities through their ways of talking and narrating themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754609438
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Series:
Border Regions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Identity discourses on East-West borders in Europe: an introduction, Ulrike H. Meinhof, Heidi Armbruster and Craig Rollo
Working identities: key narratives in a former border region in Germany, Heidi Armbruster and Ulrike H. Meinhof
History and stories: identity construction on the Italian-Slovenian border, Augusto Carli, Emidio Sussi and Majda Kaucic-Basa
Shifting borders: spatial constructions of identity in an Austrian/Slovenian border region, Brigitte Hipfl, Anita Bister, Petra Strohmaier and Brigitta Busch
Bordering silence: border narratives from the Austro-Hungarian border, Doris Wastl-Walter, Monika M. Vá
radi and Friedrich Veider
Traces of German-Czech history in biographical interviews at the border: constructions of identities and the year 1938 in Bä
renstein-Vejprty, Werner Holly
Urban space and the construction of identity on the German-Polish border, Aleksandra Galasinska, Craig Rollo and Ulrike H. Meinhof
Bibliography
Index.

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