Spatial integration and identity: cases of border regions

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Uszkai, Andrea
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Because of the complexity and importance of the concept of spatial (cross-border) integration and identity, the paper first of all defines the applied meaning of these phenomena. It aims to explore relations between these two phenomena. It assumed that there are differences related to the spatial identity depending on the strength of integration. Probably, in strongly integrated border regions, where physical and mental borders have less or no importance, the population can identify with this spatial level better than people living in separated, alienated border regions. The study investigates several European borderlands from the aspects of integration and spatial identity and searches for the answer as to how the level of integration and the existence of physical and mental borders can determine the main characteristics of the regional, cross-border identity. This research helps to understand what kind of differences, similarities and specialties can be found in this field in several parts of Europe. Analysed cases in the paper are the following: the Öresund region at the Danish-Swedish border, the Polish-German borderland and the Basque border region between France and Spain. These cross-border regions are especially interesting from the aspect of identity, because the level of integration is likely distinct, thus the identity patterns as well.
határmenti térség , identitás , térségi identitás
Journal of Global Academic Institute Education and Social Sciences 1: (2) pp. 1-13. (2015)