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Novak, Paolo (2014) 'Tracing connections and its politics.' In: Alff, Henryk and Benz, Andreas, (eds.), Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Contexts. Berlin: VWB.

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Abstract

The chapter argues that studying places and identities as a tension yields useful research insights, because it forces us to do three things. First, it forces us to think about places and identities as processes – as continuously configured and re-configured, rather than as predefined, entities. Second, it forces us to think about them as embodied, material processes. The concrete ways in which this tension pans out cannot be known in the abstract or a priori – they must be studied in concrete settings, as they play out in different historical moments, geographical contexts and in relation to different individuals or social groups. It therefore forces us, third, to think about the unequal power relations that shape these tensions, both in their global and structured as well as in their fluid, situated and embodied configurations. Borders can help us to capture both the fixed and the mobile, or, the slipperiness of units that both are and are not.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: border, space, scale, territory, method
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies > Centre for Development, Policy and Research (CDPR)
Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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ISBN: 9783865737748
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 09:55
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20992

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