Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference

Eurasian Borderlands

Spatializing Borders in the Aftermath of State Collapse

Editors: Bringa, Tone, Toje, Hege (Eds.)

  • Fills a gap in the research through a comparative exploration of local and regional developments on both sides of borders based on cases from in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
  • Deals explicity with the borderlands in the aftermath of collapsed states
  • Looks closely into the phenomenon of reorganizing of space and boundaries in the making and unmaking of new state or state-like borders
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This book examines changing and emerging state and state-like borders in the post-Soviet space in the decades following state collapse. This book argues border-making is not only about states’ physical marking of territory and claims to sovereignty but also about people’s spatial practices over time. In order to illustrate how borders come about and are maintained, this book looks at border communities at internal, open administrative borders and borders in the making, as well as physically demarcated international state borders. This book also pays attention to both the spatial and temporal aspects of borders and the interplay between boundaries and borders over time and thus identifies some of the processes at play as space is territorialized in Eurasia in the aftermath of state collapse.

About the authors

Tone Bringa is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Hege Toje holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests in political anthropology include state formation, mobility and history.

Reviews

“The collapse of the Soviet state ushered in massive political, social, and economic changes that shook the whole world. This collection of essays draws together some of the best scholars in the field to focus on the remaking and rethinking of borders that this entailed, and the implications of that for people’s lives and sense of belonging. Intellectually subtle and ethnographically rich, the book is essential reading for anyone studying transformations in contemporary borders and their social and spatial significance.” (Sarah Green, author of “Notes from the Balkans”)

“Bringa and Toje have put together a fascinating collection that allows the reader to sense the materiality of newly erected borders and to see their impact on people’s daily lives. Documenting contested border histories, the chapters skilfully weave together geopolitical processes across former socialist Eurasia with the biographies of inhabitants living on its crevices. It’s a timely and important intervention which powerfully illustrates the complexities and contradictions of a globalizing world that is spatially fragmented.” (Mathijs Pelkmans, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“This highly innovative collection examines the reorganization of political boundaries that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The authors demonstrate how this process of ‘border work’ has profound impacts on the societies inhabiting these border spaces. Eurasian Borderlands is highly recommended for anyone interested in the social, political and geopolitical dynamics of the former Soviet Union.” (Mark Bassin, author of “The Gumilev Mystique)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Eurasian Borderlands

    Bringa, Tone (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Post-Soviet or Eurasian Lands? Rethinking Analytic Categories in the Ukraine–EU and Russia–China Borderlands

    Pisano, Jessica T. (et al.)

    Pages 27-57

  • “Dead End”: A Spatial History of a Border Town in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

    Sabirova, Guzel

    Pages 59-86

  • With a Border Fence in the Backyard: Materialization of the Border in the Landscape and the Social Lives’ of Border People

    Troscenko, Elina

    Pages 87-106

  • Across the Enguri Border: Lives Connected and Separated by the Borderland Between Georgia and Abkhazia

    Khutsishvili, Ketevan

    Pages 107-131

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58309-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58308-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eurasian Borderlands
Book Subtitle
Spatializing Borders in the Aftermath of State Collapse
Editors
  • Tone Bringa
  • Hege Toje
Series Title
Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58309-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58309-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58308-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 261
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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