Perpetual borders: German-Polish cross-border contacts in the Szczecin area

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dc.contributor.author Balogh, Péter
dc.coverage.spatial Stockholm hu
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-14T08:14:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-14T08:14:45Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:708423/FULLTEXT03.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11155/977
dc.description.abstract Borderlands are often peripheral geographically, administratively, and economically. A particularly illustrative case is the Szczecin area at the border between Poland and Germany, where a largecity on one side neighbours to a sparsely populated hinterland on the other. There is a number of similar cases throughout Europe, but studies on them point to a mixed level of linkages following the opening and removal of the physical border.At the project’s start there were few if any studies on the Szczecin area per se, which was here studied through various methods. On the one hand, different pre-EU enlargement plans and visions for the area’s development were compared with practices and realities ofrecent years. This shows that earlier imaginations on the development potentials have not quite materialised, although some of them were probably too optimistic and ambitious from the beginning. Some of the area’s potentials following EU-enlargement have been more successfully exploited than others, and disproportionately by actors coming from outside. On the other hand, cross-border contacts were studied in the discourses on and attitudes towards the other side among local and regional elites, and among local residents more generally. This revealed a polarised attitudinal landscape, not least when compared to country-wide opinion surveys in both Germany and Poland. This is in line with other studies showing that identities are particularly accentuated in border situations, where the Other is more frequently encountered.These results support recent investigations pointing to a continued relevance of the border even after the physical barriers are removed. At the same time, another contribution of this workto border studies is that the time and contingency of the importance of identities and of the border needs more attention. In the Szczecin area, awareness of national identities and of the boundary appeared to be particularly high just after changes in the border’s status occurred –i.e. in 1989–1991, and then around the years 2007–2010. But while its importance may be fluctuating over time, given the opportunities and resources the boundary provides it will always be maintained in some forms. hu
dc.format.extent 80 p. hu
dc.language angol hu
dc.publisher Stockholm University hu
dc.relation.ispartofseries Södertörn doctoral dissertations hu
dc.rights © Péter Balogh, Stockholm University 2014 hu
dc.subject Szczecin hu
dc.subject határmenti térség - Németország - Lengyelország hu
dc.subject határmenti térségfejlesztés hu
dc.subject nemzeti identitás hu
dc.subject határkutatás hu
dc.title Perpetual borders: German-Polish cross-border contacts in the Szczecin area en
dc.type thesis en
dc.author.mtmtid 10045630
dc.author.affiliation ATO hu
dc.identifier.mtmt-recordid 2722722
dc.coverage.mtmt mtmt hu
dc.type.description doktori disszertáció hu
dc.relation.ispartofseriesnumber 92 hu
dc.description.thesistype doktori disszertáció hu
dc.description.access szabadon elérhető hu

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