The Promise of Borderlands

  • Elzbieta MatyniaEmail author


Given current discussion on the viability of the nation–state, and recognizing the potential of emerging supra-state structures like the European Union, the paper looks at a “third space,” exploring the capacious topos of borderlands, and its promise in creating a new kind of community that is non-reducible either to that of a nation, or a nation–state.


Nation–state Borders Borderlands Borderlanders Westphalian treaty Third space Performativity Conversation Kapia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNew School for Social ResearchNew YorkUSA

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