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Border Discourse: Changing Identities, Changing Nations, Changing Stories in European Border Communities

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00003
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

Many nation states in Europe have undergone dramatic social and political upheavals in this century with the construction of new or the redefinition of existing national borders before and after World War II, and more recently as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. New borders divide territory, which was previously unified, old borders collapsed, reuniting territory previously divided. The political definition and ideological make -up of many nation states changed accordingly, with new developments in process today which offer major new alignments in Eastern and South -Eastern Europe under the umbrella of an expanding European Union. Families with three generations in the communities on the borders between what is at present the European Union�s Eastern and South -Eastern frontier, and those on the previous border between East and West Germany will have experienced between them several dramatic sociopolitical changes during the life -time of their older citizens. They had to embrace major shifts in their public allegiances. Our research focuses on such families in corresponding sets of border communities, and aims to compare how their members perceive and discursively construct their identities in relation and possibly in contrast and opposition to these upheavals in the official spheres of politics.

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Record Number: 8407 / Last updated on: 2007-02-15
Category: ANREP