A Divided City in a Common Market

EU Citizenship and Everyday Instrumentalities on the Polish-German Border

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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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.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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