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Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

imaginary and narrative both combine and diverge in borderlands where they are appropriated by minorities and charged with new stories to support identity verification and political and economic gain. Hybrid forms result to weave a rich tapestry of borderland interaction and display. When this tapestry is examined carefully, different levels of discourse are evident. Also evident is the fact that border space allows these diverse discourses to coexist, and even to flourish and grow. Significantly, borderlands accommodate a diversity and plurality of cultural memories and

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Becky Alexis-Martin

originated from arsenious acid in brewing sugar produced by Bostock & Co in Liverpool. Only cheap ‘four penny’ beers brewed with sugar were affected. More expensive beers brewed with malt and hops were less contaminated, disproportionately affecting Manchester’s working-class community. However, there was also a universal source, as malts processed over coal fires absorbed arsenic, which was then manufactured into all types of beer. The cultural memory of arsenic toxicity is still evident in Manchester. Rather than toxic beer, research at the University of Manchester now

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The invisibility of border-related trauma narratives in the Finnish–Russian borderlands
Tuulikki Kurki

narratives been able to become visible and acknowledged publicly? How could the various narrative strategies complement each other in representing border-related traumatic experiences? How could literary trauma narratives contribute to the construction of cultural memory that is based on traumatic experiences? This chapter argues that, until the late twentieth century, the writers employed mostly a documentary style of narrating and eye-witnessing narratives when writing about traumatic experiences. Literature criticism also appreciated the documentary

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Images and narratives on the border
Jopi Nyman and Johan Schimanski

sphere? What different discourses organise the representation of borders politically and historically? How is cultural memory appropriated in border imagery? Third, what paradoxes can problematise simple perceptions of making visible and giving voice ? Is making visible or audible always an act of empowerment for minority constituencies? Can some images and narratives block out others, and be used to block out others? In discussing these questions, the contributors acknowledge the hybrid nature of media forms and genres, as

in Border images, border narratives