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Macau Residents as Border People – A Changing Border Regime from a Sociocultural Perspective


  • Werner Breitung



The concept of border people refers to people living with borders, dealing with the related difficulties and taking advantage of the respective opportunities. This concept is here applied to the residents of Macau, whose border checkpoint to the mainland has become one of the busiest in the world. Even though the border control is still in place, it has become very common for Macau residents to cross the border on an everyday basis. This paper links the people's border-related attitudes and activities to the process of Macau’s integration with China and argues that the “integration from below” manifested in the growing exchange of people is a crucial factor in the overall integration process.

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  • Werner Breitung, 2009. "Macau Residents as Border People – A Changing Border Regime from a Sociocultural Perspective," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 38(1), pages 101-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:38:y:2009:i:1:p:101-127

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    1. Peris S. Jones, 2003. "Urban Regeneration's Poisoned Chalice: Is There an Impasse in (Community) Participation-based Policy?," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 40(3), pages 581-601, March.
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