Cold War Along the Emerald Curtain: Rural Boundaries in a Contested Border Zone

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Abstract

This paper examines how anxieties about ethnic identity proliferate as state borders begin to shift and open in response to accelerating possibilities of cross-border cooperation. As the border becomes more porous, social and cultural boundaries become marked in other ways, spatially re-scaled to reflect new uncertainties consequent upon border change. Using an example from the Irish land border, the paper traces how national space is re-imagined and re-placed in the everyday practices of residents in a violent border zone from which the state is ostensibly retreating. It shows that communal division is as sharply drawn as ever at a time when the ‘visibility’ of the state border itself is beginning to diminish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-266
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Anthropology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Anthropology

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