Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Borders from the Cultural Point of View: An Introduction to <em>Writing at Borders</em>

Title:
Borders from the Cultural Point of View: An Introduction to Writing at Borders
Author:
Tuulikki Kurki: Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461055
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Year:
2014
Volume:
6
Theme:
Theme: Writing at Borders Edited by Tuulikki Kurki, Saija Kaskinen, Kirsi Laurén & Mari Ristolainen

Pages:
1055-1070
No. of pages:
16
Publication type:
Introduction
Published:
2014-12-15


This introductory article to the special issue Writing at Borders suggests that cultural studies and the humanist point of view have significant explanatory potential concerning various borders and border crossings in multidisciplinary border studies. Cultural and human understandings of borders and border crossings grow from the research of ethnographic particularities on one hand, and of universal and culturally expressed human experiences of borders and border crossings (however culturally expressed) on the other. In this article, this explanatory potential is made visible by examining the history of cultural anthropology, where borders and border crossings have been recognized in research since the late 19th century. The aim of this concise introductory article is to outline through selected examples how territorial, social, and cultural borders and border crossings have been acknowledged and understood conceptually in the history of Anglo-American and European anthropology. The selected examples illustrate the gradual evolution of the conceptualization of the border from a territorially placed boundary and filter, to a semantically constructed, ritualized and performed symbolic border, and finally to a discursive (textual) construction.

Keywords: Border; border crossing; diffusionism; symbolic anthropology; post-modern an-thropology

Volume 6, Theme: Theme: Writing at Borders Edited by Tuulikki Kurki, Saija Kaskinen, Kirsi Laurén & Mari Ristolainen

, Article 59, 2014

Author:
Tuulikki Kurki
Title:
Borders from the Cultural Point of View: An Introduction to Writing at Borders:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461055
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  • Volume 6, Theme:: Theme: Writing at Borders Edited by Tuulikki Kurki, Saija Kaskinen, Kirsi Laurén & Mari Ristolainen

    , Article 59, 2014

    Author:
    Tuulikki Kurki
    Title:
    Borders from the Cultural Point of View: An Introduction to Writing at Borders:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461055
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