Living (with) Borders : Identity Discourses on East-West Borders in Europe

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  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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Many nation states in Europe have undergone dramatic social and political upheaval with the construction of new or the redefinition of existing national borders. This fascinating book focuses on the complex cultural identities of people who live in communities that straddle the border that stretches from the Adriatic to the Baltic Sea. The macro world of politics - the outcome of the Second World War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavia - imposed major social, political and economic changes for each of three generations of people currently living in these communities.A consortium of researchers from the countries in question conducted fieldwork and interviews with members of such three-generation families. All used identical and innovative methods of research and data evaluation. The results unearth an astounding wealth of data relating to people's everyday experiences, their memories of the past, and their understanding of and feelings about 'the others' across the border. Discourse analytical methods evaluate these stories to demonstrate the complex and often self-contradictory ways in which people construct multiple identities through their ways of talking and narrating themselves.

Author Biography

Heidi Armbruster is a social anthropologist and researcher for the EU Border Identities project at the University of Southampton Anita Bister is political scientist and researcher for this EU Border Identities project at the University of Klagenfurt Brigitta Busch is head of the Centre for Intercultural Studies at Klagenfurt University Augusto Carli is professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Trieste Aleksandra Galasinska, a linguist and ethnologist, is a research fellow in discourse analysis, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton. Brigitte Hipfl is professor at the Department of Media and Communication studies at Klagenfurt University Werner Holly is professor of German linguistics at the Technische Universitat Chemnitz Majda Kaucic-Basa is associate professor of Slovenian and sociolinguistics at the University of Ljubljana and at the University of Trieste Ulrike H. Meinhof is professor of German and cultural studies at the University of Southampton Craig Rollo is a researcher for the EU Border Identities project at the University of Southampton Petra Strohmaier is a researcher for this EU Border Identities project at Klagenfurt University Emidio Sussi is professor of the sociology of ethnic relations at the University of Trieste Monika M. Varadi is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Centre of Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Friedrich Veider is a research assistant at the Institute of Human Geography at the University of Berne Doris Wastl-Walter is Professor of human geography and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Berne

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements ix
Key to Transcription Symbols xi
Identity Discourses on East-West Borders in Europe: An Introduction
Ulrike H. Meinhof
Heidi Armbruster
Craig Rollo
Working Identities: Key Narratives in a Former Border Region in Germany
Heidi Armbruster
Ulrike H. Meinhof
History and Stories: Identity Construction on the Italian-Slovenian Border
Augusto Carli
Emidio Sussi
Majda Kaucic-Basa
Shifting Borders: Spatial Constructions of Identity in an Austrian/Slovenian Border Region
Brigitte Hipfl
Anita Bister
Petra Strohmaier
Brigitta Busch
Bordering Silence: Border Narratives from the Austro-Hungarian Border
Doris Wastl-Walter
Monika M. Varadi
Friedrich Veider
Traces of German-Czech History in Biographical Interviews at the Border: Constructions of Identities and the Year 1938 in Barenstein-Vejprty
Werner Holly
Urban Space and the Construction of Identity on the German-Polish Border
Aleksandra Galasinska
Craig Rollo
Ulrike H. Meinhof
Bibliography 141(6)
Index 147

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