European and American Border Regions in Comparison

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Focussing on both historical as well as contemporary perceptions of a range of different border types – both within the EU, between EU and non-EU European countries on the European continent (such as Belarus, Russia and Ukraine), and between USA and Canada and USA and Mexico – the concept of this project enables a comparative approach to an international phenomenon.
Whilst other prominent titles about border regions (above all: Anderson/Bort 1996, Anderson/Bort 1998 and Ganster/Lorey 2005) deal either with Western or Eastern European borders, the planned book will be a comparison of European and US-borders and border regions.
Before the EU-enlargement, the US-Mexican border was used as a positive example of how the economic co-operation in Central-Eastern and Eastern European border regions should be developed (Welzmüller 1992; Sander/Schmidt 1998). After the EU enlargement and new research, the concept of the “Maquilarodas” (IME) at the US-Mexican border started to be criticized as “exploiting and inhuman” (Vellmer 2011: 218) and instead the concept of “Twin-Factories” in border regions was supported in order to develop the region (Kania/Behrendt 2011). Similar economic development and not big economic gaps became the model for the regional development in border regions. This is the case in the border region between Canada and the USA. But then, why are there still strong prejudices and stereotypes against the neighbor from the other side of the border? (Konrad 2008)
During my research at Stanford, I will use material from the Stanford library and the Hoover Institution Archives referring the US-Canadian and the US-Mexican border. Through scholarly discussions with well known experts from the Stanford University and the Stanford Europe Center, I will profit for the methodological and theoretical part of the book. This will help me to develop the comparison of European and US border regions.


Effektiv start/slut dato01/10/201420/12/2014