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Borders, Mobilities and Migrations

Perspectives from the Mediterranean, 19–21st Century

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Edited By Lisa Anteby-Yemini, Virginie Baby-Collin and Sylvie Mazzella

This book explores changes in the social, economic and political processes underpinning the mechanisms for the management of human mobility and cohabitation in the Mediterranean region, while suggesting comparisons with the situation in the Americas.
It considers the public policies that introduce such mechanisms at state, region or city level, and also explores the way that populations adapt to, breach or find ways of working around these systems.
The volume also attempts to evaluate the extent to which the reactions of the populations concerned can influence such systems. Relying on a historical perspective and covering a broad period of time from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, this book questions the increasing influence of processes born out of globalization upon present readjustments of mobility and territorial configurations.
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New Geographical Mobilities on the Edges of Greece (Pierre Sintès)

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Pierre SINTÈS

This article is the result of various research studies I have carried out in Greece and the Balkans on the interconnectedness between the development of new geographic mobility and the reactivation of local memories and memories of minorities. This research has led me to develop working hypothesis that challenge the notion of social cohesion and fragmentation as part of contemporary world evolutions, and more specifically the shaping of local or transnational identities as a result of developments of transport and communications and their impact on actors’ relationships with territories. Based on the observation of different areas (border regions, tourist areas, cities, diaspora networks), I am continuing my study of fragmentation processes that affect Greek society by evaluating the role of exogenous forces strongly linked to the enforcement of European policies and local dynamics which are often associated with questions of resilience and memory. This research is part of an on-going project initiated several years ago with a new research team on the contemporary Balkan region by opening up new fields of knowledge about the social situation in this area.

Research hypotheses and theoretical framework

My hypotheses stem from previous observations of international migration in Greece which are useful for analysing Greek attitudes to otherness and change. This new research has allowed me to widen the scope of my research to include the social impact of globalization on Greek society,...

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