Border Studies: Changing Perspectives and Theoretical Approaches

  title={Border Studies: Changing Perspectives and Theoretical Approaches},
  author={Vladimir A. Kolossov},
  pages={606 - 632}
The author considers the stages of development and the progress in theory of border studies from the early twentieth century to the present. He characterises the content of each stage, new ideas, the main achievements and practical applications. The essay is particularly focused on postmodern approaches that have emerged during the last 15 years. 

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