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Rethinking the Study of International Boundaries: A Biography of the Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan Boundary

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nick MegoranORCiD


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Over the past century there have been a number of distinct attempts by geographers to generalize about the nature of international boundaries. The most influential contemporary movement is that which considers them as examples of more general processes of “bordering” or “bounding.” This approach is insightful but not without limitations, and can be advanced through writing what are termed boundary biographies that explore how specific boundaries materialize, rematerialize, and dematerialize in different ways, in different contexts, at different scales, and at different times. A biography of the Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan boundary traces its materialization as a result of the 1924 through 1927 process of national territorial delimitation, and its multiple and varied re- and dematerializations throughout the Soviet and particularly the post-Soviet periods. This biography illustrates the importance of geography for understanding processes of nation-state formation and political contestation in Central Asia.

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Author(s): Megoran N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Year: 2012

Volume: 102

Issue: 2

Pages: 464-481

Print publication date: 17/02/2012

Date deposited: 26/09/2011

ISSN (print): 0004-5608

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8306

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2011.595969

Notes: 4* - demonstrates excellent grasp of the field and sets an agenda for the study of international bouindaries.


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