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Renegotiating the Irish border

, communities and landscapes produced new spatial patterns and forms of engagement, and had important economic implications for the borderlands. The creation of the border was accompanied by a series of custom posts demarcating an invisible but divisive line between two new jurisdictions, which would become more and more entrenched as the Irish Free State inched ever further from Britain. Like many other national boundaries, however, the Irish border, susceptible to the forces of change, has evolved through time. Its function and significance altered in ‘tandem with the

in Spacing Ireland

privatisation. Of course, the contemporary period of globalisation is commonly defined as a break from the logics of industrialisation, taking the form of, for example, the ‘post-industrial society’ (Castells, 1989) or ‘post-Fordism’ (Lipietz, 1987; Piore and Sabel, 1984). However, the representations of industrialisation and globalisation make common appeals to notions of technological externality, epochal newness and novelty and convergence in economic and social organisation. As devices employed to explain the human and social world, the concepts of industrialisation and

in Globalisation contested