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Everyday Life Near State Borders: The Social Effects of the Changing Status of Borders in Central Europe (Romania – Hungary)

Abstract : Various implementation strategies of cross-border territories or specific cross-border cooperation can be identified between Romania and Hungary. Everyday life in a cross-border area implies simultaneously an attempt to relieve the cultural, economic and social barriers and to assert a specific state identity, the identity of "borderman", the cross-border inhabitants and communities located in a "go-between" space. Thence, as a spatial component and no longer a mere border – the border contributes to the differentiation of territories (at all scales). These differentiations entail the designation of new borders, "inner borders" within the state. These "inner borders" are a perception as well as a reality. Precisely as a result of the will to restrict the "border effects" (influence of borders), finer divisions are appearing. Fragmentations can be identified at micro-scales (communes and locations) and meso-scales (micro-regions). Perceptions translate an "intermediary" condition: the border space conceived as a shift from one system to another. The states encompass territories drawing benefit from the proximity of borders to various extents.
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Emmanuel Bioteau. Everyday Life Near State Borders: The Social Effects of the Changing Status of Borders in Central Europe (Romania – Hungary). Borders of the European Union : Strategies of Crossing and Resistance, 2007. ⟨halshs-01170509⟩

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