Border Encounters: Asymmetry and Proximity at Europe's Frontiers

by Jutta Lauth Bacas (Editor), William Kavanagh† (Editor)

Among the tremendous changes affecting Europe in recent decades, those concerning political frontiers have been some of the most significant. International borders are being opened in some regions while being redefined or reinforced in others. The social relationships of those living in these borderland regions are also changing fundamentally. This volume investigates, from a local, ground-up perspective, what is happening at some of these border encounters: face-to-face interactions and relations of compliance and confrontation, where people are bargaining, exchanging goods and information, and maneuvering beyond state boundaries. Anthropological case studies from a number of European borderlands shed light on the questions of how, and to what extent, the border context influences the changing interactions and social relationships between people at a political frontier.

Book Details

Publication Date
October 01, 2013
Publisher
Page count
302
ISBN
9781782381389
Paper ISBN
9781845453961