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Spaces and Identities in Border Regions

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Christian Wille(Hg.), Rachel Reckinger(Hg.), Sonja Kmec(Hg.), Markus Hesse(Hg.), Spaces and Identities in Border Regions (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839426500

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Spatial and identity research operates with differentiations and relations. These are particularly useful heuristic tools when examining border regions where social and geopolitical demarcations diverge. Applying this approach, the authors of this volume investigate spatial and identity constructions in cross-border contexts as they appear in everyday, institutional and media practices. The results are discussed with a keen eye for obliquely aligned spaces and identities and relinked to governmental issues of normalization and subjectivation. The studies base upon empirical surveys conducted in Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.


Christian Wille is a senior researcher at the University of Luxembourg and head of the network »UniGR-Center for Border Studies«. His research interests include cultural border studies, spatial, praxeological, and border theories as well as cross-border everyday life worlds.
Rachel Reckinger (Dr.) is a sociologist and holds a post as a scientific project coordinator at the University of Luxembourg.
Sonja Kmec (Prof. Dr.) teaches History and Cultural Studies at the University of Luxembourg.
Markus Hesse (Prof. Dr.), geographer and spatial planner, is professor for urbanism at the University of Luxembourg.


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  • Cover Spaces and Identities in Border Regions
  • Content
  • 1. Exploring Constructions of Space and Identity in Border Regions
  • 2. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Borders, Spaces and Identities
  • 2.1 Establishing, Crossing and Expanding Borders
  • 2.2 Spaces: Approaches and Perspectives of Investigation
  • 2.3 Processes of (Self)Identification
  • 2.4 Methodology and Situative Interdisciplinarity
  • 2.5 References
  • 3. Space and Identity Constructions Through Institutional Practices
  • 3.1 Policies and Normalizations
  • 3.2 On the Construction of Spaces of Im-/Morality. A Power Analysis Perspective on the Problematization of Prostitution c. 1900
  • 3.3 Castles as Instruments of Hegemonial Space Construction and Representation. The Example of the County of Vianden
  • 3.4 Biogas – Power – Space. On the Construction of Energy Regions in Border Areas (Fabian Faller)
  • 3.5 ‘Sovereignty’ and ‘Discipline’ in the Media. On the Value of Foucault’s Governmentality Theory: The Example of an Interdiscursive Analysis of the Migration Discourse in Luxembourg
  • 3.6 Conclusions
  • 3.7 References
  • 4. Space and Identity Constructions Through Media-Related Practices
  • 4.1 Representations and Projections
  • 4.2 Multilingual Advertising and Regionalization in Luxembourg
  • 4.3 The Artistic and Cultural Stakes for the Works Selected for the Robert Schuman Art Award: Exhibition and Publication Spaces – Places of Transformation as well as Artistic and Cultural Interstice?
  • 4.4 The Threshold of Exhibition Venues: Access to the World of Culture
  • 4.5 Literature of the In-between. The Multilingual Stagings of the Publisher ultimomondo
  • 4.6 “Mir gesinn eis dono op facebook“ – (Self-)Stagings of Luxembourg Teenagers in Social Media as Virtual Identity Constructions
  • 4.7 Petrol Stations as In-Between Spaces I: Practices and Narratives
  • 4.8 Petrol Stations as In-Between Spaces II: Transfiguration
  • 4.9 Conclusions
  • 4.10 References
  • 5. Space and Identity Constructions Through Everyday-Cultural Practices
  • 5.1 Subjectifications and Subjectivations
  • 5.2 Sustainable Everyday Eating Practices from the Perspective of Spatial Identifications
  • 5.3 Gender Spaces (Julia Maria Zimmermann and Christel Baltes-Löhr) |
  • 5.4 Identity Constructions and Regionalization: Commemoration of the Dead in the Treveri Region (2nd/3rd century AD) – Family Identities on Tombstones in Arlon
  • 5.5 Workers’ Housing Estates and their Residents: Constructions of Space and Collective Constitution of the Subject (Laure Caregari)
  • 5.6 Periurban Luxembourg. Definition, Positioning and Discursive Construction of Suburban Spaces at the Border between City and Countryside
  • 5.7 Remembering the Second World War in Luxembourg and the Border Regions of its Three Neighbours
  • 5.8 Beyond Luxembourg. Space and Identity Constructions in the Context of Cross-Border Residential Migration
  • 5.9 Linguistic Identifications in the Luxembourg-German Border Region
  • 5.10 Conclusions
  • 5.11 References
  • 6. “Luxembourg is the Singapore of the West” – Looking Ahead
  • 7. Interview Guidelines
  • 8. Authors

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