Frontier encounters [is] a timely and stimulating collection of essays focused on that geophysical dividing line where the Siberian taiga approaches the steppes of Manchuria, and the two largest countries in world, Russia and China, encounter each other along a common border extending for more than a thousand miles.
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.
Overall, this volume is an enjoyable and informative read. Not only it challenges traditional ways of approaching the study of borderland areas, but it blends together different perspectives on the topic. And this represents its strength. I expect this volume to have an impact at political level, due to its rich ethnographic material and analysis of social dynamics involved in these border zones.
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:
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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