a Ph.D. in History, a professor, a head of Historical Regional Studies Department of the Institute of History of Ukraine (NAS of Ukraine)
Specificity of Borderline Identity: Theoretical Constructs and Modern Challenges
The borderland phenomenon has not occupied a noticeable place in the historical analysis for a long time. The combination of globalization processes with the phenomenon of geocultural regionalism in the areas adjacent to the borders has changed the concept of the borderland into a fashionable brand. It is a fact that near the boundaries the zones of higher energetics have been noticed by the geographers for the first time. The author of the theory of crosscultural communication V. Derhachov still at the late XXth century has written about the linearity as a strategic resource that produces energy of creation and destruction with a kind of ‘priorities competition’. In his vision, Ukraine is a typical frontier state, in which the ‘edges’ of the three geopolitical, sociocultural and geoeconomic spaces are converged in modern times: Western European, Eastern European and Mediterranean. Three sociocultural areas that are now identified with Western, Eastern and Southern Ukraine are connected historically with Ukraine borders.
The concept of borderline communication introduced into scientific discourse has opened the way to the study of boundaries as peculiar topoi with inherent features of transition, instability, various political orientations. World science is now actively developing the borderland concept as an explanatory scheme, offering an understanding of local specificity through the historical reconstruction of the boundary spaces and the corresponding geocultural images.
Modern definitions of sociocultural boundary are based on the fixation of the boundaries in a certain region, which indicates the limits of settling and the availability of carriers of different cultures and civilizations. It is considered as the result of a complex process of the ethnos rooting in a certain type of landscape. Besides that, the border and corridor conceptions are usually considered as synonymous. In parallels, there is an update of the terminological tools by the account of the modern view on the culture of conflict, the correlation of problems of selfdetermination, sovereignty, separatism, etc.
borderline identity, geopolitics, regional specificity, UkrainianRussian relations, conflicts of interests and values.
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