Border in the theory of borderlands


The aim of this paper is to present a problem of defining the borderland in relation to the state border and to compare the theoretic approaches in Polish social sciences. The author assumes that state border can create several different relations with borderland: it is possible the emergence of borderland in a process, in which the state border plays no role. The author presents seven arguments to explain this approach and then presents a typology of borderlands in relation to the state border.


state border; borderland; theory of the borderland; historical borderland; borderland of migration

Published : 2014-06-27

Opioła, W. (2014). Border in the theory of borderlands. Border and Regional Studies, 2(1), 35-43.

Wojciech Opioła
University of Opole, Institute of Political Science  Poland

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