Liquid boundaries in marginal marshes. Reconstructions of identity in the Romanian Danube Delta

Kristof van Assche, Petruta Teampau, Patrick DeVlieger & Cristian Suciu

Building on recent research in political geography, anthropology and the reinvented field of border studies, we investigate the present (re‐)construction of borders and boundaries in the Romanian Danube Delta, in connection with the permanent reconstruction of identities. Conceptual boundaries, social boundaries and spatial boundaries are approached as intertwined and interconnected. The Danube Delta, we argue, is historically an ambiguous area, a hybrid of centre and margin. This history left its mark on the present mechanisms of boundary formation, identification and marginalization. Boundaries create margins, and they can create border territories. The metaphor of landscape as palimpsest is borrowed from Claude Raffestin to synthesize the notions introduced on boundaries and identities.

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