Geopolitical positioning of twin cities: a case study of Narva/Ivangorod, Valga/Valka, and Blagoveshchensk/Heihe

Geopolitical positioning of twin cities: a case study of Narva/Ivangorod, Valga/Valka, and Blagoveshchensk/Heihe

Авторы: Окунев Игорь Юрьевич ЧИТАТЬ PDF
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Okunev I. Geopolitical positioning of twin cities: a case study of Narva/Ivangorod, Valga/Valka, and Blagoveshchensk/Heihe / I.Okunev, M.Tislenko // Teorija in Praksa. — №3-4. — 2017. — Pp. 592-605.

This paper assesses the twin cities phenomenon in the categories of critical geopolitics based on cases such as Narva/Ivangorod, Valga/Valka and Blagoveshchensk/Heihe. The findings show that, despite the different locations, these city pairs demonstrate similar patterns in their spatial relations; in particular, the Russian twin in contrast to the non-Russian twin on the Estonian-Latvian border construct its border identity using ideas of “fortress”/”nation outpost”, while its ‘sibling’ sees itself as a friendly, ready-to-cooperate neighbour. The findings apply to both the situation of the closed border between two towns where the ethnic Russian population dominates (Narva/Ivangorod on the Russian-Estonian border) and the contact border between ethnically non-mixed towns.

Ключевые слова: Border studies, Critical geopolitics, Fortress identity, Spatial identity, Spatial imagination, Twin cities
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