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July 7, 2004

on borders and boundaries

Reading this amazing book, Where the World Ended: Re-unification and Identity in the German Borderland by Daphne Berdahl.

She quotes Gupta and Ferguson (1992:18): "we want to contend that the notion of borderlands is a more adequate conceptualization of the 'normal' locale of the postmodern subject" (p. 6). Berhdahl continues: "In this view, the borderland is as much a metaphor as a physical space, or what Roger Rouse has called 'an alternative cartography of social space' (1991:9).

"[The borderland] is a site of cultural confrontation, articulation, and, to a large extent, penetration, where struggles over the production of cultural meanings occur in the context of asymmetrical relations between East and West" (Berdahl, p. 9).

While Berdahl is studying a particular and specific geophysical location (the town of Kella), the concepts upon which she founds her analysis could apply to cyberspace and other locations as well.

Posted by Steph at July 7, 2004 2:45 PM

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