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Informal Trade Gender and the Border Experience

Informal Trade  Gender and the Border Experience Author Olga Sasunkevich
ISBN-10 9781317116837
Release 2016-05-23
Pages 220
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Detailing the history of a well-known phenomenon of post-socialism - cross-border petty trade and smuggling - as the history of a practice in daily life from a gendered perspective, this book considers how changes in these practices in a particular border region, between Belarus and Lithuania, have been accompanied, and to some extent provoked, by changes in the border regime. It looks at how the selective openness of the Belarus-Lithuania border worked during different periods over the last twenty years and how it influenced the involvement of different social groups in shuttle trade practices. Foremost, this book considers how political borders implement and/or intensify social boundaries and suggests that the selective openness of political borders, a prerequisite for the existence of female shuttle trade activities, is primarily built upon people’s social characteristics. However, it claims that what can be seen as the grounds for growing inequality at a global level, at a local one may have an important resourceful meaning for various social groups including those usually perceived as disadvantaged, such as widowed female retirees or unemployed single women with children.



Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America Author John W. I. Lee
ISBN-10 9780803288935
Release 2016-10-01
Pages 280
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"Borderlands are complex spaces that can involve military, religious, economic, political, and cultural interactions--all of which may vary by region and over time. John W.I. Lee and Michael North bring together interdisciplinary scholars to analyze a wide range of border issues and to encourage a nuanced dialogue addressing the concepts and processes of borderlands. Gathering the voices of a diverse range of international scholars, Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America presents case studies from ancient to modern times, highlighting topics ranging from religious conflicts to medical frontiers to petty trade. Spanning geographical regions of Europe, the Baltics, North Africa, the American West, and Mexico, these essays shed new light on the complex processes of boundary construction, maintenance, and crossing, as well as on the importance of economic, political, social, ethnic, and religious interactions in the borderlands. Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America not only forges links between past and present scholarship but also paves the way for new models and approaches in future borderlands research"--



European Borderlands

European Borderlands Author Elisabeth Boesen
ISBN-10 9781317139782
Release 2016-11-10
Pages 198
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The expectations of European planners for the gradual disappearance of national borders, and the corresponding prognoses of social scientists, have turned out to be over-optimistic. Borders have not disappeared – not even in a unified and predominantly peaceful Europe – but rather they have changed, become more varied and, in a certain sense, mobile, taking on an important role in the everyday lives of more people than ever before. Furthermore, it is now widely accepted that borders do not just hinder communication and the formation of relationships, but also channel and prefigure them in a positive way. Presenting a number of studies of everyday life in European borderlands, this book addresses the multifarious and complex ways in which borders function as both barriers and bridges. Focusing on ‘established’ Western European borderlands – with the exception of three contrasting cases – the book attempts a turn from conflict to harmony in the study of borderlands and thus examines the more mundane manifestations of border life and the complex, often unconscious motives of everyday cross-border practices. The collection of chapters demonstrates that even in the case of ‘open’ political borders, the border remains an enduring factor that is not adequately described as either a problematic barrier or a desirable bridge. The studies look at bordering processes, not only approaching them from different disciplinary angles – sociology, anthropology, geography, history, political science and literary studies – but also choosing different scales and making comparisons that range from different borders of one country to the reactions and attitudes of different individuals in a single borderland village.



Border Encounters

Border Encounters Author Jutta Lauth Bacas
ISBN-10 9781782381389
Release 2013-10-30
Pages 302
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Among the tremendous changes affecting Europe in recent decades, those concerning political frontiers have been some of the most significant. International borders are being opened in some regions while being redefined or reinforced in others. The social relationships of those living in these borderland regions are also changing fundamentally. This volume investigates, from a local, ground-up perspective, what is happening at some of these border encounters: face-to-face interactions and relations of compliance and confrontation, where people are bargaining, exchanging goods and information, and maneuvering beyond state boundaries. Anthropological case studies from a number of European borderlands shed light on the questions of how, and to what extent, the border context influences the changing interactions and social relationships between people at a political frontier.



Borders and Border Regions in Europe

Borders and Border Regions in Europe Author Arnaud Lechevalier
ISBN-10 9783839424421
Release 2013-06
Pages 270
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Focussing European borders: The book provides insight into a variety of changes in the nature of borders in Europe and its neighborhood from various disciplinary perspectives. Special attention is paid to the history and contemporary dynamics at Polish and German borders. Of particular interest are the creation of Euroregions, mutual perceptions of Poles and Germans at the border, EU Regional Policy, media debates on the extension of the Schengen area. Analysis of cross-border mobility between Abkhazia and Georgia or the impact of Israel's »Security Fence« to Palestine on society complement the focus on Europe with a wider view.



Journal of Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society

Journal of Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society Author Julie Fedor
ISBN-10 9783838267265
Release 2014-04-01
Pages 130
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The Russian war in Ukraine has been accompanied, fuelled, and legitimized by a Russian information war campaign that is unprecedented in its scope and nature. This Russian state-media propaganda campaign has been surprisingly successful in disguising and distorting the nature of the war and shaping the way it is perceived and understood, both in Russia and beyond. This special inaugural issue of JSPPS sets out to launch an interdisciplinary discussion on the Russian information warfare being waged in parallel with the military war in Ukraine.The JOURNAL OF SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET POLITICS AND SOCIETY (JSPPS) is a new bi-annual journal about to be launched as a companion journal to the Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) book series (founded 2004 and edited by Andreas Umland, Dr. phil., PhD).



Savage Frontier

Savage Frontier Author Ieva Jusionyte
ISBN-10 9780520959378
Release 2015-06-05
Pages 304
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This highly original work of anthropology combines extensive ethnographic fieldwork and investigative journalism to explain how security is understood, experienced, and constructed along the Triple Frontera, the border region shared by Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. One of the major "hot borders" in the Western Hemisphere, the Triple Frontera is associated with drug and human trafficking, contraband, money laundering, and terrorism. It's also a place where residents, particularly on the Argentine side, are subjected to increased governmental control and surveillance. How does a scholar tell a story about a place characterized by illicit international trading, rampant violence, and governmental militarization? Jusionyte inventively centered her ethnographic fieldwork on a community of journalists who investigate and report on crime and violence in the region. Through them she learned that a fair amount of petty, small-scale illicit trading goes unreported—a consequence of a community invested in promoting the idea that the border is a secure place that does not warrant militarized attention. The author's work demonstrates that while media is often seen as a powerful tool for spreading a sense of danger and uncertainty, sensationalizing crime and violence, and creating moral panics, journalists can actually do the opposite. Those who selectively report on illegal activities use the news to tell particular types of stories in an attempt to make their communities look and ultimately be more secure.



A Companion to Border Studies

A Companion to Border Studies Author Thomas M. Wilson
ISBN-10 9781119111672
Release 2015-11-09
Pages 640
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A Companion to Border Studies introduces an exciting and expanding field of interdisciplinary research, through the writing of an international array of scholars, from diverse perspectives that include anthropology, development studies, geography, history, political science and sociology. Explores how nations and cultural identities are being transformed by their dynamic, shifting borders where mobility is sometimes facilitated, other times impeded or prevented Offers an array of international views which together form an authoritative guide for students, instructors and researchers Reflects recent significant growth in the importance of understanding the distinctive characteristics of borders and frontiers, including cross–border cooperation, security and controls, migration and population displacements, hybridity, and transnationalism



Women in Indian Borderlands

Women in Indian Borderlands Author Paula Banerjee
ISBN-10 9788132107804
Release 2011-08-04
Pages 260
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Women in Indian Borderlands is an ethnographic compilation on the complex interrelationship between gender and political borders in South Asia. The book focuses on the border regions of West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India. The chapters in the book examine the stories of women whose lives are intertwined with borders, and who resist everyday violence in all its myriad forms. They show how most of the traditional efforts to make geopolitical regions more secure end up privileging a masculine definition of security that only results in feminine insecurities. These essays discuss how women negotiate their differences with a state that, though democratic, denies space to differences based on ethnicity, religion, class or gender. Borders are interpreted as zones where the jurisdiction of one state ends and that of the other begins. What comes out is the startling revelation that women not only live on the borders, but in many ways, form them.



Lines Drawn Upon the Water

Lines Drawn Upon the Water Author Karl S. Hele
ISBN-10 9781554580040
Release 2008-09-30
Pages 351
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Proceedings of a conference held at University of Western Ontario, London, Ont., Feb. 11-12, 2005.



Journal of Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society

Journal of Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society Author Julie Fedor
ISBN-10 3838210662
Release 2017-03-25
Pages 212
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This special issue provides a forum for discussion of Belarusian studies today. It seeks to go beyond the narratives of dictatorship and authoritarianism as well as failed Belarusian nationalism. Bringing together original research on Belarusian history, politics, and society, it offers new approaches for interpreting Belarusian society.



Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia

Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia Author David N. Gellner
ISBN-10 9780822377306
Release 2013-12-02
Pages 318
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Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia provides valuable new ethnographic insights into life along some of the most contentious borders in the world. The collected essays portray existence at different points across India's northern frontiers and, in one instance, along borders within India. Whether discussing Shi'i Muslims striving to be patriotic Indians in the Kashmiri district of Kargil or Bangladeshis living uneasily in an enclave surrounded by Indian territory, the contributors show that state borders in Northern South Asia are complex sites of contestation. India's borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, China, and Nepal encompass radically different ways of life, a whole spectrum of relationships to the state, and many struggles with urgent identity issues. Taken together, the essays show how, by looking at state-making in diverse, border-related contexts, it is possible to comprehend Northern South Asia's various nation-state projects without relapsing into conventional nationalist accounts. Contributors. Jason Cons, Rosalind Evans, Nicholas Farrelly, David N. Gellner, Radhika Gupta, Sondra L. Hausner, Annu Jalais, Vibha Joshi, Nayanika Mathur, Deepak K. Mishra, Anastasia Piliavsky, Jeevan R. Sharma, Willem van Schendel



The Informal Post Socialist Economy

The Informal Post Socialist Economy Author Jeremy Morris
ISBN-10 9781135009298
Release 2013-12-13
Pages 188
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From smugglers to entrepreneurs, blue-collar workers and taxi drivers, this book deals with the multitude of characters engaged in informal economic practices in the former socialist regions. Going beyond a conception of informality as opposed to the formal sector, its authors demonstrate the fluid nature of informal transactions straddling the crossroads between illegal, illicit, socially acceptable and symbolically meaningful practices. Their argument is informed by a wide range of case studies, from Central Europe to the Baltics and Central Asia, each of which is constructed around a single informant. Each chapter narrates the story of a composite person or household that was carefully selected or constructed by an author with long-standing ethnographic research experience in the given field site. Wide in geographical, empirical and theoretical scope, the book uses ethnographic narrative accounts of everyday life to make links between ‘ordinary’ meanings of informality. Challenging reductively economistic perspectives on cross-border trading, undeclared work and other informal activities, the authors illustrate the wide variety of interpretive meanings that people ascribe to such practices. Alongside ‘getting by’ and ‘getting ahead’ in recently marketised societies, these meanings relate to sociality, kinship-ties and solidarity, along with more surprising ‘political’ and moral reasonings.



Borders and Borderlands as Resources in the Horn of Africa

Borders and Borderlands as Resources in the Horn of Africa Author Dereje Feyissa
ISBN-10 9781847010186
Release 2010
Pages 205
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Borders offer opportunities as well as restrictions, and in the Horn of Africa they are used as economic, political, identity and status resources by borderland peoples.



Informal Economies in Post Socialist Spaces

Informal Economies in Post Socialist Spaces Author J. Morris
ISBN-10 9781137483072
Release 2015-06-23
Pages 302
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Informed by in-depth case studies focusing on a wide spectrum of micro and macro post-socialist realities, this book demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of informality and suggests that it is a widely diffused phenomenon, used at all levels of a society and by both winners and losers of post-socialist transition.



Mapping Women Making Politics

Mapping Women  Making Politics Author Lynn Staeheli
ISBN-10 9781135952501
Release 2013-03-07
Pages 316
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Mapping Women, Making Politics demonstrates the multiple ways in which gender influences political processes and the politics of space. The book begins by addressing feminism's theoretical and conceptual challenges to traditional political geography and than applies these perspectives to a range of settings and topics including nationalism, migration, development, international relations, elections, social movements, governance and the environment in the Global North and South.



Traders in Motion

Traders in Motion Author Kirsten W. Endres
ISBN-10 9781501721342
Release 2018-06-15
Pages 264
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Making the marketplace : traders, cadres, and bureaucratic documents in Lào Cai City / Kirsten W. Endres -- Run and hide when you see the police : livelihood contestations and the politics of the street economy in Vietnam's northern uplands / Sarah Turner -- Grand designs? : state agendas and the lived realities of market redevelopment in upland northern Vietnam / Christine Bonnin -- Ghost markets and moving bazaars in Hanoi's urban space / Gertrud Hüwelmeier -- A mobile trading network from central coastal Vietnam : growth, social network, and gender / Hy Van Luong -- Money, risk taking, and playing : shifting masculinity in a waste-trading community in the Red River Delta / Minh T.N. Nguyen -- Strive to make a living in the era of urbanization and modernization : the story of petty traders in a Hanoi peri-urban community / Nguyẽ̂n Thị Thanh Bình -- Dealing with uncertainty : itinerant street vendors and local officials in Hanoi / Lisa Barthelmes -- Regulations and raids, or, The precarious place of gold shops in Vietnam / Allison Truitt -- Moralities of commerce in a northern Vietnamese trading community / Esther Horat -- Fuel trade : people, places, and transformations along the coal briquetting chain / Annuska Derks -- Arbitrage over Beilun/Kalong River : Chinese adjustments to border trade practices in Vietnam / Caroline Grillot