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Description - Bridging Divides by Eve Darian-Smith

This study uses the Channel Tunnel between England and France to explore the shifting geographies of nationalism, postcolonialism, and legal autonomy in the formation of the European Union. Conducting ethnographic research in Kent the author looks at regional differences in feelings about Europe and at the vocabulary used in discussing the Tunnel. Visual representations regarding the Tunnel are also examined. 200 years after Napolean planned to invade England via a tunnel, the completion in 1994 of a fast rail link symbolizes the disintegration of conventional state borders. While the Tunnel precariously affirms the ideal of a united Europe, it also brings to the fore questions of boundaries between the first and third worlds, colonizers and colonized, and the "East" and the "West".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520216112
ISBN-10: 0520216113
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 273
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 14-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eve Darian-Smith

Eve Darian-Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and coeditor, with Peter Fitzpatrick, of Laws of the Postcolonial (1998). She trained in anthropology at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and has also practiced law in Melbourne, Australia.

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