There are few better places than a border to explore remarkably dissimilar ways of development, the rule of law, citizen rights, migration and inequality. The border is where cultural differences and divergent political strategies become evident, as well as the space where new partnerships are developing. Moreover, borders are deeply embedded in societies and encompass an arranging quality and enduring significance even in a context of globalisation. This conceptual "thickness” of borderlands is particularly well reflected Frontier Encounters, confirming once again that frontiers are not just lines drawn on maps and territorial demarcations, but also embodied imageries, social infrastructures and political mechanisms. [...] Focusing on a precise yet rich case study, Frontier Encounters sets up an original frame of understanding as well as a wide range of views on how these borders are built, conceived and enacted.
Frontier Encounters presents a wide range of views on how the borders between these unique countries are enacted, produced, and crossed. It sheds light on global uncertainties:
This collective volume is the outcome of a network project funded by the ESRC (RES-075-25_0022) entitled "Where Empires Meet: The Border Economies of Russia, China and Mongolia”. The project, based at the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (University of Cambridge), ran from 28 January 2010 to 27 January 2011. That project formed the foundation for a new and ongoing research project "The life of borders: where China and Russia meet" which commenced in October 2012. More information about both projects and Frontier Encounters is available here.
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Title: Frontier Encounters: Knowledge and Practice at the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Border
Publication date: September 2012. Version 1.1. Minor edits made, July 2013.
Number of pages: x + 281
Dimensions: 6.14" x 9.21" | 234mm x 156mm
2. On Ideas of the Border in the Russian and Chinese Social Imaginaries
5. Chinese Migrants and Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Russian Society
6. The Case of the Amur as a Cross-Border Zone of Illegality
7. Prostitution and the Transformation of the Chinese Trading Town of Ereen
8. Ritual, Memory and the Buriad Diaspora Notion of Home
9. Politicisation of Quasi-Indigenousness on the Russo-Chinese Frontier
10. People of the Border: The Destiny of the Shenehen Buryats
12. Neighbours and their Ruins: Remembering Foreign Presences in Mongolia
Appendix 2: Maps
Version 1.1. Minor edits made, July 2013.
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