This text follows adjustments to the borders of Europe and its neighbors from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It pays special attention to the history and contemporary dynamics of Polish and German borders and the creation of Euroregions, as well as mutual perceptions of Poles and Germans at the border, E.U. Regional Policy, and media debates over the extension of the Schengen Area. The European focus is complemented by an analysis of crossborder mobility between Abkhazia and Georgia and the societal effects of Israel's Security Fence to Palestine.
About the Author
Arnaud Lechevalier (Dr. habil.) teaches economics and political science at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and is visiting professor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). His research interests include social policy and European integration.
Jan Wielgohs (Dr.) is coordinator of the Frankfurt Institute for Transformation Studies, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). He works on post-communist societies and Social Europe.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jan Wielgohs Arnaud Lechevalier 9
Theoretical Perspectives on Borders
Border Types and Bordering Processes: A Theoretical Approach to the EU/Polish-Ukrainian Border as a Multi-dimensional Phenomenon Bastian Sendhardt 21
Qualities of Bordering Spaces: A Conceptual Experiment with Reference to Georg Simmel's Sociology of Space Sabrina Ellebrecht 45
European Border Regions as "Laboratories" for Cross-Border Cooperation
Euroregions: Emerging New Forms of Cross-Border Cooperation Barbara A. Despiney Zochowska 71
Territorial Cohesion and Border Areas Roswitha Ruidisch 95
Identities and Stereotypes in European Border Regions
Identities and Stereotypes in Cross-Border Regions Antje Schönwald 113
Between Borders: France, Germany, and Poland in the Debate on Demarcation and Frontier Crossing in the Context of the Schengen Agreement Angela Siebold 129
Cultural Distinction and the Example of the "Third East German Generation" Jaqueline Flack 145
Views on the History of Polish-German Border Regions
Anthropology of Borders and Frontiers: The Case of the Polish-German Borderland (1945-1980) Agata Ladykowska Pawel Ladykowski 159
The Dynamics of Unfamiliarity in the German-Polish Border Region in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Bianca Szytniewski 183
Historical Culture and Territoriality: Social Appropriation in the German-Polish Border Region in the 19th and 20th Centuries Thomas Serrier 201
The View of French Diplomacy on the German-Polish Border Shift, 1940-1950 Eloi Piet 217
Cross-Border Interaction in Europe's Neighbourhood
Borders, De Facto Borders and Mobility Policies in Conflict Transformation: The Cases of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Giulia Prelz Oltramonti 237
"Good fences make…": The Separation Fence in Israel and its Influence on Society Simon Falke 255