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Call for manuscripts: Palgrave series in African borderlands

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

African borderlands are among the continent’s most creative and most rapidly changing social spaces. Borderlands are the theatre for identity formation and cultural exchange, for violent conflicts and regional integration, for economic growth and sudden stagnation, for state building and state failure. Because their unique position at the margins of two (or more) social and legal spaces offers more flexibility to social actors, borderlands reflect changes on the national level more quickly and more radically than most inland places. This turns borderlands into hotspots of social activity and, on an academic level, into ideal places to study social, political and economic change. In the African context, they are relatively under-studied.

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