Border porosities

Movements of people, objects, and ideas in the southern Balkans

By Rozita Dimova

Border porosities


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4063-0
  • Pages: 184
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: September 2021
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Society & social sciences / Anthropology, Anthropology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
  • Series: Rethinking Borders


This innovative book documents border porosities that have developed and persisted between Greece and North Macedonia over different temporalities and at different localities. By drawing on geology's approaches to studying porosity, Dimova argues that similar to rocks and minerals that only appear solid and impermeable, seemingly impenetrable borders are inevitably traversed by different forms of passage.

The rich ethnographic case studies, from the history of railroads in the southern Balkans, border town beauty tourism, child refugees during the Greek Civil War, mining and environmental activism, and the urban renovation project in Skopje, show that the political borders between states do not only restrict or regulate the movement of people and things, but are also always permeable in ways that exceed state governmentality.


Introduction: the name dispute and the Prespa Agreement
1 Railroad porosity across the border: from Ottoman train-lines to contemporary migrant transportation
2 Desirous borders and consumer porosities: beauty, entertainment and gambling in the EU periphery
3 Sedimented porosity of socialism: from tourism to forced displacement of the child-refugees in 1948
4 Porosity of environmental activism and transnational mining companies: struggles against open-pit mines at the border
5 Tidal porosity: the displaced border in Skopje
Conclusion: Porous trails at the border



Rozita Dimova is a social anthropologist. She has served as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Associate Professor in Southeast European Studies at Ghent University, and Scientific Member at the Center for Advanced and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Saints Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

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