The Syndrom of Deep Borderland’s Identitites. Contributions for Understanding of Krajina
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state of emergency
Eastern Europe
the philosophy of existence

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1. Koprivitsa C. The Syndrom of Deep Borderland’s Identitites. Contributions for Understanding of Krajina // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2019. № 4.2. C. 257-295.


In this article, we highlight boundaries between various types of cultural-political entities, whose nature varies according to the features of their respective historical situations. Most attention is devoted to the type of boundaries that are formed in areas where for a long time two communities failed to resolve their dispute, which generates the corresponding type of collective and political identity of the two respective sides. Unlike the case of a non-conflict or moderately strained type of coexistence, the peculiriaty of relationship between two communities creates a special type of identity in the course of long-standing unresolved dispute, so that tha fact of being on the border defines the way of life in the depth of territory.

Such a constellation of a permanent emergency situation prevents for a long time the consolidation of collective identities of the corresponding sides, in the otherwise usual manner between mutually non-hostile communities, which ultimately causes their identitities’ mutation. Communities that possess such unfinished identities, usually located in an area of heightened geopolitical significance, are suitable for instrumental treatment by external, usually imperial powers. The analysis of borderland collective identities was carried out with reference to examples from Southeastern (especially Serbian krajina) and Eastern Europe.
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