Lifting the veil of the borderscape. A phenomelogical research on lived experience and societal processes in Northern Ireland
Europe is changing and both academics and politics are revolutionizing their views on borders. Now more than ever the focus of thinking and acting is placed on local citizens, empowering every region in the EU. Where politics and practice lag behind academic thinking a little bit, they are catching up. Yet in the academic world there is still a consensus to be reached on the exact nature of region, borders and overarching cooperation. The rapidly emerging borderscape concept has been embraced and suits the needs of an inclusive, non-exclusionary, approach to borders. The goal of this thesis is to contribute to moving the academic debate on borderscapes forward, throug tackling the irresistible vagueness of the concept and with it lifting the theoretical veil of the borderscape concept through sociological phenomenology and lived experience.
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