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Thinking with BalibarA Lexicon of Conceptual Practice$
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Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, and Jacques Lezra

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288519

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.001.0001

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Interior Frontiers

Interior Frontiers

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(p.117) Interior Frontiers
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Thinking with Balibar
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Ann Laura Stoler

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.003.0009

Internal borders occupy ambiguous and obscure sorts of spaces. They may divide the “interior of a territory or empire,” “isolate,” and thus “individualize it,” and serve “as expressions of the very constitution of the subject.” “Interior frontiers” are malleable, situated and responsive, and have opaque power. The term itself, Balibar claims, embodies “the non-representable limit of every border, as it would be seen ‘from within’ its delineation.”

Keywords:   body, border, civic space, double consciousness, Du Bois, interior, race, reciprocity

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