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Bodies in Motion : Rethinking Spaces and Borders Sociologically

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Do Nascimento, Jonas Alexandre:
Bodies in Motion : Rethinking Spaces and Borders Sociologically.
In: Open Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 10 (28 February 2022) Issue 2 . - pp. 424-441.
ISSN 2327-5960
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2022.102030

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Abstract in another language

This article seeks to comprehend the concept of “space” and “borders” from several sociological perspectives, taking as an example the social experience of moving bodies in the context of globalization and international migration. Firstly, the different definitions of both concepts for the social sciences are discussed, and especially Georg Simmel’s contribution to the study of social life as a “spatial dimension”. Secondly, it considers the different variants related to the power relation and control of bodies, from a biological menace idea, in different spaces as the basis of social “inclusion” and “exclusion”. Finally, it argues that the nation’s spatial and border dimension is today being challenged primarily because of the migratory flows of different physical and especially virtual mobility forms. Based on these sociological concepts and notions, the article then tries to offer an expanded and complex perspective of “spatiality”, “borders”, and “displacement” in understanding the new political and cultural dimensions of contemporary societies.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Human (Im)mobility; Borders; International Migration; Sociology of Space
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Romance Languages and Comparative Literature > Chair Romance Languages and Comparative Literature - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 170 Ethics
300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 09:02
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 10:10
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69582