TRANSFORMING BORDERS FUNCTIONS IN THE LITHUANIAN-POLISH-BELARUSIAN BORDERLAND
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This article is an attempt to give an answer to the question: what are the consequences of the weakening factor of territorial belonging and how it in fact realizes in the Lithuanian-Polish-Belarusian borderland? In such a small territory as Lithuanian-Polish-Belarusian borderland it is possible to investigate two opposite, reciprocal processes: disappearances (the Lithuanian-Polish borderland) and strengthening of borders (the Lithuanian-Belarusian and Polish-Belarusian borderland). Borders as markers of division have different functions. Using a 'boundary narrative' we will analyse such functions as 'border-door', 'borderwall', and 'barrier'. A method of a free narration about a life on border will allow to create the generalized image of the inhabitant of a border zone, its way of life and to reveal its peculiar features. These peculiar features we will analyse in the case of Lithuanian-Polish-Belarusian borderland.
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