The political anthropology of borders and territories: European perspectives

Hastings Donnan, Bjørn Thomassen, Harald Wydra

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Although the anthropology of borders is a relatively recent subfield of political anthropology, it has not ceased to grow ever since the 1990s. In this chapter we will outline some main themes and perspectives emerging from the anthropological scholarship on borders. We will argue that borders not only frame and contain the territorial integrity of states, but also that the cultural and historical formation of borders is essential to understand how states think, behave and act.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of political anthropology
EditorsHarald Wydra, Bjørn Thomassen
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978 1 78347 900 9
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78347 901 6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesElgar Handbooks in Political Science

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