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Volition of new boundaries, absence of old boundaries?

Author(s): Yolanda Onghena

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 82-83;
Start page: 11;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Interculturality | boundaries | ethnocentrism | ethnicity | cultural plurality | globalisation | transnationalism

Can we talk of an absence of old boundaries and, at the same time, of a volition for new boundaries? Or is it still the same space, that is, a shared boundary where our similarity is their difference? In this article, the author proposes the boundary as a metaphor to examine its porosity and resistance in a world of increasing mobilities, circulations and flows. This boundary viewed as metaphor continues to exert a desire to distance oneself from others, a distancing that has not gone away in spite of the fact that today’s world is commonly described as a world without boundaries. Nevertheless, mobility and transience impose a need to reinterpret that articulation of the volition of boundaries and their absence, a need to consider interdependence once again, and the way in which we categorise the inside/outside, or the centre and the periphery.
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