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Liminality and Transnationalism. Two Forces upon Shifting Borders in Contemporary Europe

  • The working paper presents two analytical concepts to examine territorial borders: liminality and transnationalism. The combination of both concepts offers an approach to borders and migration practices which takes borders not simply as a point of departure but puts border zones and their transgressions to the centre of attention, revealing their ambiguous, in-between character. Taking into account empirical observations of complex, multi-directional migration patterns and conceptualizing them as liminal transmigration, we challenge the rhetoric of impermeable territorial borders and an enduring, one-way migration flow into Western Europe. Instead, we propose a perspective on borders that not only allows for ambiguities but makes analytical as well as empirical disruptions productive.

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Author:Timm BeicheltORCiD, Lea Valentin
Parent Title (English):Working Paper Series B/ORDERS IN MOTION
Series (Serial Number):Working Paper Series B/ORDERS IN MOTION (7)
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2020/04/21
Publishing Institution:Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt
Release Date:2020/04/21
Tag:Borders; Boundaries; Liminality; Migration; Transnationalism
Page Number:17
Institutes:Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 International - Namensnennung
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