(Non)existent Borders. Conceptual Framework of Border and Bordelands Studies Cover Image

(Nie)obecne granice. Ramy konceptualizacji badań granic i pograniczy
(Non)existent Borders. Conceptual Framework of Border and Bordelands Studies

Author(s): Marcin Dębicki, Kamilla Dolińska, Justyna Kajta, Julita Makaro, Natalia Niedźwiecka-Iwańczak, Elżbieta Opiłowska
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: borders; borderlands; Polish Western and Northern territories; cross-border cooperation; comparative study

Summary/Abstract: For several years, border(lands) studies have been developing intensively in many disciplines, resulting in numerous publications and research projects as well as in a wide range of concepts and methods. Thus, borders are no longer perceived only as geographical lines separating states and communities, but also as polysemous spaces constructed in discourses, narratives around “us” and “them” and in everyday practices. Traditions of the Polish sociology of borderland can be dated back to the interwar period (Znaniecki, Chałasiński). Moreover, despite the fact that borders belonged to politically sensitive issues in the period of the People’s Republic of Poland, border research was conducted at that time. Recent socio-political events such as the migration crisis, Brexit, the rise of the right-wing conservative parties have triggered a newdebate on borders and their functions. This article aims to discuss the results of the scientifc debate on the issues of border and borderlands research and to develop a new research agenda in the light of contemporary socio-political and cultural changes.

  • Issue Year: 22/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 97-104
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish