Title

A Divided City in a Common Market: EU Citizenship and Everyday Instrumentalities on the Polish-German Border

Publication Date

2011

Journal

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

43

Last Page

67

Abstract

Based on an ethnographic case study in the border cities of Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Słubice, Poland, this article explores the construction and maintenance of ethnic difference within the transnational economic and social spaces created by the European Union's common market. Through an examination of three domains of cross-border citizenship practice - shopping and consumption, housing and work - this article argues that even as the European Union deploys policies aimed at creating de-territorialised and supranational forms of identity and citizenship, economic asymmetries and hierarchies of value embedded within these policies grant rights differentially in ways that continue to be linked to ethnicity and nationality.

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