Behind closed doors: discourses and strategies in the European securitized borderlands in Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine

Danero Iglesias, J. (2018) Behind closed doors: discourses and strategies in the European securitized borderlands in Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. Journal of Borderlands Studies, (doi:10.1080/08865655.2017.1414624) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Since the enlargements of 2004 and 2007 European integration has brought about major changes for the citizens of Central and Eastern Europe, such as a process of re-bordering. The accession of countries in the region to the EU, and for some to the Schengen Area, has strengthened borders where there was previously fluidity. This is the starting point of a research on the populations located on the non-EU side of the EU border. The paper takes as a case study Romanian populations living in border regions in Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine to investigate local discourses of the border and strategies put forward to overcome what is often perceived as an artificial obstacle. Collected through an ethnography of “ordinary citizens,” the data demonstrate how the securitization of the EU border has led to the development of instrumental identities and practices of those living on the “wrong” side of the EU borders.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Danero Iglesias, Dr Julien
Authors: Danero Iglesias, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Borderlands Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0886-5655
ISSN (Online):2159-1229
Published Online:05 March 2018

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