Border subjects

The border subject inhabits the borderland or comes into being while crossing the border. There are many names and categories by which the border subject may be refered to: the hybrid, the creolized, the GrenzgängerIn ("border walker" i.e. someone who purposefully lives on the edge), the GrenzverletzerIn ("border wounder" i.e. somebody who transgresses the border), the interpreter, the go-between.

The border subject is emotionally and socially ambivalent, both subject to trauma and in a position to attain insight and cultural capital by living on the border.

Since all people in some way negotiate borders, especially in a world where national and cultural borders are to a great degree folded into domestic and urban spaces, all of us may in some sense be border subjects.

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