Materializing the border-as-line in Sarajevo
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This chapter reflects on the mediation of abstraction and materiality in border work in light of three deconstructions that run through much recent scholarship on borders: the ‘thingist’ rejection of anthropocentrism, the a-literalist critique of notions of borders as lines, and the governmentality-oriented turn away from a concern with territory. In particular, it draws attention to the question of the intensity of the line-ness of borders over time. The chapter does so by disentangling the (re)production of the so-called Inter-Entity Boundary Line that divides Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital Sarajevo. It traces the making and maintenance of this polity border as a contingent process in which two asymmetrical political projects to mediate between abstraction and materiality clash over the relative line-ness of this border as part of state territorialization.

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