Frontier Encounters. Knowledge and Practice at the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Border

Franck Billé, Grégory Delaplace, Caroline Humphrey (eds.)

Publié le 20 janvier 2013 Mis à jour le 20 janvier 2013

Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, 2012, 270 pages

 China and Russia are rising economic and political powers that share thousands of miles of border. Yet, despite their proximity, their practical, local interactions with each other — and with their third neighbour Mongolia— are rarely discussed. The three countries share a boundary, but their traditions, languages and worldviews are remarkably different.
Frontier Encounters presents a wide range of views on how the borders between these unique countries are enacted, produced, and crossed. It sheds light on global uncertainties: China’s search for energy resources and the employment of its huge population, Russia’s fear of Chinese migration, and the precarious economic independence of Mongolia as its neighbours negotiate to extract its plentiful resources.
Bringing together anthropologists, sociologists and economists, this timely collection of essays offers new perspectives on an area that is currently of enormous economic, strategic and geo-political relevance.
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Mis à jour le 20 janvier 2013