Chapter 17: Neighbour or stranger? Bordering practices in a small Catalan town
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This section ends with a very local and grassroots context through an specific location in Catalonia. Lundsteen, inspired by the ideas of Yuval-Davis, et al. (2017), analyses the everyday bordering practices in a small town as a paradigm of contemporary politics of belonging in Catalonia, in relation to the Spanish state. Through an approach close to a symbolic-interactionist approach and extensive use of qualitative data of close observations and interviews/conversations, he unveils how fluid bordering process used by “locals” or white nationals in relation to immigrants is obviously relevant to our topic (immigrants and borders). However it is more about the border as a metaphor rather than the geo-political boundary, by arguing that although Catalan ideas of belonging might be more open to Other socio-cultural expressions it has its limits, and inherent dominant ideas of what is more ‘at home’ than others. On the other hand, nonetheless, attempts at constructing an urban belonging or citizenship, runs the same fate, often as they ignore the underlying socio-spatial inequalities.

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