Spaces and Identities in Border Regions

Politics – Media – Subjects

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.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Content

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. 1. Exploring Constructions of Space and Identity in Border Regions

    Seiten 9 - 14
  4. 2. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Borders, Spaces and Identities

    2.1 Establishing, Crossing and Expanding Borders

    Seiten 15 - 24
  5. 2.2 Spaces: Approaches and Perspectives of Investigation

    Seiten 25 - 35
  6. 2.3 Processes of (Self)Identification

    Seiten 36 - 44
  7. 2.4 Methodology and Situative Interdisciplinarity

    Seiten 44 - 62
  8. 2.5 References

    Seiten 63 - 72
  9. 3. Space and Identity Constructions Through Institutional Practices

    3.1 Policies and Normalizations

    Seiten 73 - 80
  10. 3.2 On the Construction of Spaces of Im-/Morality. A Power Analysis Perspective on the Problematization of Prostitution c. 1900

    Seiten 81 - 93
  11. 3.3 Castles as Instruments of Hegemonial Space Construction and Representation. The Example of the County of Vianden

    Seiten 94 - 105
  12. 3.4 Biogas – Power – Space. On the Construction of Energy Regions in Border Areas

    Seiten 105 - 120
  13. 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

    Seiten 121 - 131
  14. 3.6 Conclusions

    Seiten 131 - 133
  15. 3.7 References

    Seiten 133 - 140
  16. 4. Space and Identity Constructions Through Media-Related Practices

    4.1 Representations and Projections

    Seiten 141 - 146
  17. 4.2 Multilingual Advertising and Regionalization in Luxembourg

    Seiten 146 - 157
  18. 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?

    Seiten 158 - 172
  19. 4.4 The Threshold of Exhibition Venues: Access to the World of Culture

    Seiten 172 - 185
  20. 4.5 Literature of the In-between. The Multilingual Stagings of the Publisher ultimomondo

    Seiten 185 - 192
  21. 4.6 "Mir gesinn eis dono op facebook" – (Self-)Stagings of Luxembourg Teenagers in Social Media as Virtual Identity Constructions

    Seiten 193 - 204
  22. 4.7 Petrol Stations as In-Between Spaces I: Practices and Narratives

    Seiten 204 - 218
  23. 4.8 Petrol Stations as In-Between Spaces II: Transfiguration

    Seiten 218 - 229
  24. 4.9 Conclusions

    Seiten 229 - 230
  25. 4.10 References

    Seiten 231 - 240
  26. 5. Space and Identity Constructions Through Everyday-Cultural Practices

    5.1 Subjectifications and Subjectivations

    Seiten 241 - 252
  27. 5.2 Sustainable Everyday Eating Practices from the Perspective of Spatial Identifications

    Seiten 252 - 266
  28. 5.3 Gender Spaces

    Seiten 266 - 278
  29. 5.4 Identity Constructions and Regionalization: Commemoration of the Dead in the Treveri Region (2nd/3rd century AD) – Family Identities on Tombstones in Arlon

    Seiten 278 - 291
  30. 5.5 Workers' Housing Estates and their Residents: Constructions of Space and Collective Constitution of the Subject

    Seiten 292 - 304
  31. 5.6 Periurban Luxembourg. Definition, Positioning and Discursive Construction of Suburban Spaces at the Border between City and Countryside

    Seiten 305 - 315
  32. 5.7 Remembering the Second World War in Luxembourg and the Border Regions of its Three Neighbours

    Seiten 315 - 326
  33. 5.8 Beyond Luxembourg. Space and Identity Constructions in the Context of Cross-Border Residential Migration

    Seiten 326 - 338
  34. 5.9 Linguistic Identifications in the Luxembourg-German Border Region

    Seiten 338 - 353
  35. 5.10 Conclusions

    Seiten 353 - 355
  36. 5.11 References

    Seiten 356 - 368
  37. 6. "Luxembourg is the Singapore of the West" – Looking Ahead

    Seiten 369 - 376
  38. 7. Interview Guidelines

    Seiten 377 - 380
  39. 8. Authors

    Seiten 381 - 384
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... with the editors

1. »Books the world doesn't need.« Why does this not apply to your book?

Also in the scientific field spaces and identities are often still assumed to be pre-existing and fixed elements. The contributions in this book, by contrast, show, both on a theoretical and an empirical level, how spaces and identities can be consistently conceived and investigated as social processes. Here, border regions constitute particularly suitable contexts for reflection and are only rarely subject of interdisciplinary approaches.

2. Which new perspectives does the book open?

The closely interlinked chapters of the book were written in an international context, marked by different languages, academic structures and styles of thought. This diversity was at the same time a source of inspiration for the joint approach with its three points of focus: institutional, media-related and everyday-cultural practices as crystallization points of spaces and identities. What is remarkable here is the rare attempt to consider social and territorial dimensions of spaces and identities in combination with each other and also determine them empirically.

3. What significance does the subject have in the current research debates?

It is in particular with its interdisciplinary character that the book responds to current approaches in the Humanities, which are referred to as ›Doing Space‹, ›Doing Identity‹, ›Practice Turn‹ or ›Governmentality Studies‹. But their combination with border regions as contexts and objects of investigation ties into an only very recent development in 'Border Studies'. In doing so, the book makes a theoretically and empirically grounded contribution in the field of social-constructivist ›Border Studies‹ and space and identity research.

4. With whom would you preferably like to discuss your book?

In the same way that an increasing number of scholars are working along the margins of disciplines, this book also stands at the crossroads between various disciplines of social and cultural studies. Considering the concepts employed and the approaches used, it would be particularly attractive to engage in a debate with colleagues from the fields of spatial sociology, social and cultural studies, praxeology and governmentality theory.

5. Your book in one sentence:

It brings a new perspective to a familiar terrain that puts spaces, borders and identities into context and turns social practice into a key category.

»The collaborative publication of the University of Luxembourg is [...] a remarkable scientific project.«
Peter Ulrich, PRAGREV, 5/1 (2017)
Book title
Spaces and Identities in Border Regions Politics – Media – Subjects
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 19 SW-Abbildungen, 25 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC002010 SOC022000
Release date
10 December 2015
Gesellschaft, Sprache
Sociology, Literary Studies, Geography, History, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Ethnology
Identity, Space, Border, Culture, Europe, Society, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology of Culture, Interculturalism

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