The New European Frontiers: Social and Spatial (Re)Integration Issues in Multicultural and Border Regions

Milan Bufon, Julian Minghi, Anssi Paasi
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 11 apr. 2014 - 375 pagina's
This book offers a substantial and up-dated discussion and presentation of the new European “frontiers” related to complex and controversial social and spatial (re)integration issues in multicultural and border regions. It represents an inter-disciplinary endeavour from human geographers, social and political scientists, and linguists to understand and interpret the current developments of the European “unity in diversity” paradigm, based on simultaneous and continuous processes of social and spatial convergence and divergence, changing territorialities and identities, particularly in the wider EU’s “inner” and “outer” border regions. These studies convincingly display the prominence of context in understanding the regional and local geo-histories and in making sense of the meanings of borders for social communities and wider societies. They also show how (re)integration potentials of border and multicultural regions are strongly dependent on the creation of a viable multi-level social and spatial planning and cooperation system, within which both “conflict-to-harmony” processes and “common cause” behaviours and practices may become effective, and thus give a new role to local communities in the numerous borderlands across Europe.

The book offers both a synthesis of current theoretical-methodological approaches and an analysis of selected case-studies provided by internationally-acknowledged scholars. It represents a valuable instrument for researchers and students of social and spatial integration, human and political geographers, social anthropologists, and social and political scientists, as well as language planners.


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Milan Bufon is Full Professor of Human and Political Geography at the University of Primorska, Slovenia, where he served as Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Humanities and Social Studies (1996–2007) and as Vice-Rector for Research (2003–2007). He is currently President of the Slovene Research Institute in Trieste, Italy. His book No More Shall Foes, But Neighbours Be was awarded as the best Slovene monograph in humanities in 2012.

Julian Minghi is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, USA, where he served as Chair of Department from 1973 to 1990. He is seen by many as one of the “fathers” of modern political geography, and particularly of the geography of border landscapes. He is the co-editor of a number of seminal books, such as The Geography of Border Landscapes (1991) and The Structure of Political Geography: Theory and Applications (Chicago 1969).

Anssi Paasi is Full Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He was awarded the title of Finnish Academy Professor for the period 2008–2012. His books include Territories, Boundaries and Consciousness (1996). He is a member of several editorial boards of geographical journals, and was co-editor of Progress in Human Geography from 2008 to 2012. His research fields include the social construction of regions, territorial identities, and regionalism and borders.

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