Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State
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Borders by Hastings Donnan
Book DescriptionBorders 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859732465
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Borders, Hardback (October 1999)
Offers a comparative perspective on culture at state boundaries. This book examines the role of the state, ethnicity, transnationalism, border symbols, rituals, and identity in an effort to understand how nationalism informs attitudes and behaviour. It is useful to those in the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, and geography.
Border Identities, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Hastings Donnan
This book offers fresh insights into the complex and various ways in which international frontiers influence cultural identities.
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Author Biography - Hastings Donnan
Hastings Donnan, Queen's University of Belfast. Thomas M. Wilson, Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University.
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