Author: Hastings Donnan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000180794

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Borders are where wars start, as Primo Levi once wrote. But they are also bridges - that is, sites for ongoing cultural exchange. Anyone studying how nations and states maintain distinct identities while adapting to new ideas and experiences knows that borders provide particularly revealing windows for the analysis of 'self' and 'other'. In representing invisible demarcations between nations and peoples who may have much or very little in common, borders exert a powerful influence and define how people think as well as what they do. Without borders, whether physical or symbolic, nationalism could not exist, nor could borders exist without nationalism. Surprisingly, there have been very few systematic or concerted efforts to review the experiences of nation and state at the local level of borders. Drawing on examples from the US and Mexico, Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Spain and Morocco, as well as various parts of Southeast Asia and Africa, this timely book offers a comparative perspective on culture at state boundaries. The authors examine the role of the state, ethnicity, transnationalism, border symbols, rituals and identity in an effort to understand how nationalism informs attitudes and behaviour at local, national and international levels. Soldiers, customs agents, smugglers, tourists, athletes, shoppers, and prostitutes all provide telling insights into the power relations of everyday life and what these relations say about borders. This overview of the importance of borders to the construction of identity and culture will be an essential text for students and scholars in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, nationalism and immigration studies.
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Language: en
Pages: 195
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Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: James A. Warren
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-18 - Publisher: Routledge

During the nineteenth century there was a huge increase in the level and types of gambling in Thailand. Taxes on gambling became a major source of state revenue, with the government establishing state-run lotteries and casinos in the first half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, over the same period, a
Women and Borders
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Seema Shekhawat, Emanuela C. Del Re
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-18 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Borders - whether settled or contested, violent or calm, closed or open - may have a direct, and often acute, human impact. Those affected may be people living nearby, those attempting to cross them and even those who succeed in doing so. At the border, vulnerable refugee and migrant communities,
The King and the Making of Modern Thailand
Language: en
Pages: 303
Authors: Antonio L. Rappa
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-21 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The making of modern Thailand is grounded in specific political institutions, Brahmanical tropes, and sacred Buddhist traditions stylized with Hindu rituals. Over and above these mysterious practices and ancient customs, modern Thailand is a product of the late Great Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej. Most Thai people have only known one
Tourism Quarterly Digest
Language: en
Pages: 54
Authors: Antonio L. Rappa
Categories: Tourism
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