The Socially Polysemantic Border: Positionality and the Meaning of the Fence
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“For some, it has been a pursuit that cost their life savings…For most American citizens, it is an annoying inconvenience.” This quote and the idea of US citizens only crossing the border generally for recreational purposes really struck me. Having spent a lot of time focusing on barriers and walls in NI, this was something I never really had to consider as the walls were defining neighborhoods as opposed to countries. There was no border patrol and although there was almost two of everything (one park, school, church, in each neighborhood), there were something’s that had to be shared (train/bus station, supermarket), which forced the two sides to come together. Some of the people I talked to saw the peace lines as being necessary for their safety, and I wish I would have had this piece available when I was there as it provided a different perspective to walls. It would be interesting to talk to people and ask if any at all saw the peace lines as inconvenient.
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