Conflict and Cooperation in Divided Cities

Thematicon, Bd. 14

Jaroslaw Janczak (Ed.)

ISBN 978-3-8325-2354-1
274 pages, year of publication: 2010
price: 27.00 €
The world today is an area of simultaneous conflicts and cooperation between cultures, regions, international organizations, states, national and ethnic groups, political parties and other subjects. Conflict is estimated as unfruitful and undesired, whereby cooperation is perceived as an advantageous and wanted state, yet frequently difficult and time-consuming to initiate and strengthen. The analysis of the transition from conflict to cooperation, on the other hand, seems to be an invaluable source of experience that comes in useful for other cases.

Both conflict and cooperation are usually concentrated in particular locations where they are most intensive, observable, and where they are the most interesting to study. These locations involve divided, partitioned or cleavaged cities. These divisions are embodied by state borders, lines of demarcation, as well as by fences and walls, but also by informal rules and invisible lines. Fragmentations within towns reflect national, ethnical, religious, language and other differences. Cases of conflict and cooperation can refer to history, concern the towns where conflict prevails, where both these forms of interaction occur, or where collaboration dominates.

The aim of this publication is to analyze the processes of conflict and cooperation using cities as examples. The authors analyze case studies showing different forms and phases of conflict and cooperation concentrating in urban space. They also represent different academic disciplines and approaches, resulting in an interdisciplinary approach to conflict and cooperation in border studies. This book thus contains analyses of Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Ceuta and Melilla, Copenhagen-Malmö, Gorizia-Nova Gorica, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Kosovo Mitrovica, Luxembourg, Narva-Ivangorod, Nicosia, Opole, Sarajevo, Slubice-Frankfurt (Oder), Szczecin, Tornio-Haparanda and Valga-Valka.

This book was prepared by 20 authors representing 10 universities from Belgium, Poland, Finland, Luxemburg, Sweden, the UK and the US. It will also be a subsequent research project in the field of border studies conducted jointly by the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland and the Collegium Polonicum in Slubice, Poland - a joint institution of the AMU and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

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  • Divided Cities
  • Cooperation
  • Conflict
  • Multiculturalism
  • Ethnology


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