Borders and Border Regions in Europe: Changes, Challenges, and Chances

Borders and Border Regions in Europe: Changes, Challenges, and Chances


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837624427
Publisher: Transcript-Verlag
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Political Science , #15
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

Authors 267

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