Bianca BOTEA

Bianca BOTEA

LES ECHELLES SPATIO-TEMPORELLES DES PRATIQUES DE LA FRONTIERE. MOBILITES, MEMOIRES ET DEVELOPPEMENT URBAIN DANS LE BANAT ROUMAIN (JIMBOLIA)

Études balkaniques (Sofia) 2023, N 2

Bianca BOTEA

Université Lumière Lyon 2

France

 Abstract: I propose here to look at the transformations of a border landscape of a small town (Jimbolia, Romania), in a context of border opening after 1989 and industrial crisis. I focus my attention on the role of the border in the social configurations of the city, both at the level of the daily practices of its inhabitants (and tourists), and at the level of the urban renewal. I also examine the extensible social spaces that are created around the use and crossing of this border and I show the time-space scales of these territories of circulation. I show that they mobilize networks of kinship, language and more broadly ethnic, as well as the memory processes. The text opens up to methodological and epistemological aspects concerning the “multi-site ethnography” of borders.

Keywords: border, city, mobility, memory, ethnicity, multi-sites ethnography

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