Borders, boundaries and frontiers


Borders, boundaries and frontiers

This group aims to exchange anthropological interests on both visible and invisible boundaries.

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what to read?

I'll make a bibliography on the issue.
I'd be happy if you help to enlarge it and provide links of reviews or your own reviews.

- Wilson,Thomas M. and Donnan, Hastings. 1998. Border identities: nation and state at international frontiers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

- Wilson,Thomas M. and Donnan, Hastings. 1999. Borders: frontiers of identity, nation and state, Oxford and New York: Berg

Discussion Forum


I found a good resource that I forgot long ago and I think it would be heloful somehow. Durham University presents:…Continue

Started by K. Zeynep Sarıaslan Jul 31, 2011.


Here one of the calls that might be interesting:Call for papers « Comparative Border Studies »Special Issue of Comparative American Studies on “Comparative Border Studies”This special issue is…Continue

Started by K. Zeynep Sarıaslan Feb 7, 2011.

Borderzones -- An Article 1 Reply

I would like to share this article from the Annual Review of Anthropology.  I found it rich in sources and helpful for thinking through key areas of the topic.  My own research began with an…Continue

Started by Michael Vicente Perez. Last reply by K. Zeynep Sarıaslan Oct 5, 2010.

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Comment by Giorgi Meurmishvili on June 8, 2013 at 11:49pm

You can see also book by -  Mathijs Pelkmans, 2006, Defending The Border: Identity, Religion, and Modernity in the Republic of Georgia. Cornell University Press.
-Wilson,Thomas M. and Donnan, Hastings. 2012 (I don't remember tytle), but it's new book and there are several articles about border and boundary.
_ Hastings Donan and Thomas M. Wilson,1994, Border Approaches: Anthropologycal Perspectives on Frontiers. University Press of America

Comment by Larry Stout on December 12, 2012 at 6:51pm

I have an interesting small publication of the American Philosophical Society called "Boundaries and Frontiers in Medieval Muslim Geography".  It is perhaps unsurprising that lines on a map did not inhere in those concepts.  The writer, RW Brauer, cites the maps of al-Idrisi (of "Book of Roger" fame) and the illustrious writings of Ibn Khaldun.

Comment by Philip Ross on January 3, 2012 at 6:56pm

Many years ago now I did some historical research for my MA on the enmity between the Inuit and Innu in nothern Labrador, attempting to link conflict to competition over resources during cyclical periods privation. The basic idea was that one only ventured into the borderland areas between the two populations of semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers when you had to because you were starving. While my committee was not entirely convinced by my argument I have remained interested in cross-borderland relations how identity, economics, politics and culture play out across them.

Comment by Jeff Boyer on December 29, 2011 at 3:54am

I'm an archaeologist working in the Northern Rio Grande region of New Mexico (USA). Material manifestations of frontier expansion are an important issue in this region as we look at time-deep socio-cultural development and ethnogenesis. I'm hoping that being a part of this group will provide a wider perspective on dynamic frontiers and borders.

Comment by Libertad Mora on June 23, 2011 at 7:28pm

Hola! muy interesante grupo. Yo vivo en México y trabajo la migración nacional e internacional, así como las transformaciones sociales y culturales. Deseo que este sea un espacio de intercambio de experiencias, conocimiento y puntos de vista. abrazos 

Comment by Maria de Fátima Amante on November 4, 2010 at 1:52am
Nice to see that someone has created a group on the subject. This is one of my research interests.I have done fieldwork on the portuguese-spanish borderlands.

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