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Borders By Hastings Donnan

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Borders are where wars start, as Primo Levi once wrote. But they are also bridges - that is, sites for ongoing cultural exchange. Anyone studying how nations and states maintain distinct identities while adapting to new ideas and experiences knows that borders provide particularly revealing windows for the analysis of 'self' and 'other'.

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Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State by Hastings Donnan

Borders are where wars start, as Primo Levi once wrote. But they are also bridges - that is, sites for ongoing cultural exchange. Anyone studying how nations and states maintain distinct identities while adapting to new ideas and experiences knows that borders provide particularly revealing windows for the analysis of 'self' and 'other'. In representing invisible demarcations between nations and peoples who may have much or very little in common, borders exert a powerful influence and define how people think as well as what they do. Without borders, whether physical or symbolic, nationalism could not exist, nor could borders exist without nationalism. Surprisingly, there have been very few systematic or concerted efforts to review the experiences of nation and state at the local level of borders. Drawing on examples from the US and Mexico, Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Spain and Morocco, as well as various parts of Southeast Asia and Africa, this timely book offers a comparative perspective on culture at state boundaries. The authors examine the role of the state, ethnicity, transnationalism, border symbols, rituals and identity in an effort to understand how nationalism informs attitudes and behaviour at local, national and international levels. Soldiers, customs agents, smugglers, tourists, athletes, shoppers, and prostitutes all provide telling insights into the power relations of everyday life and what these relations say about borders. This overview of the importance of borders to the construction of identity and culture will be an essential text for students and scholars in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, nationalism and immigration studies.

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Impressive work on an increasingly important topic. Choice A masterly survey and synthesis of the social science scholarship on the issues entailed in problematising borders and boundaries. It is destined to become a classic of the genre. Social Anthropology The book helps to further our understanding of the nation and state, migrant labour, ethnic and national identity, the gendering of borders and border conflicts, with the nation state affected by the threats of regionalism and ethno-nationalism on the one hand and supranationalism on the other. The Times Higher

About Hastings Donnan

Hastings Donnan The Queen's University of Belfast Thomas M. Wilson Professor of Anthropology,Binghamton University

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures, Acknowledgements, Preface, 1. Introduction: Borders, Nations and States, 2. Borders and Boundaries in Anthropology, 3. Other Approaches to Borders, Nations and States, 4. The Symbols and Rituals of Power, 5. The Subversive Economy, 6. Border Crossings and the Transfonnation of Value and Valuers, 7. Body Politics, 8. Conclusion: Border Cultures and the Crisis of the Nation-State, Bibliography, Index

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CIN1859732461G
9781859732465
1859732461
Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State by Hastings Donnan
Used - Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
19991001
204
N/A
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