Biaspamiatnych, Mikalai
December 2008
Limes;2008, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p99
Academic Journal
The paper presents opportunities of the phenomenological approach towards the Belarusian-Polish-Lithuanian borderlands. Such approach is based upon the principles of understanding of social reality elaborated in phenomenology (E. Husserl, M. Heidegger) and phenomenological sociology (A. Schutz) and presents a different view of the borderlands as compared with the traditional (classical) sociology. The social and cultural space of the borderlands is reflected in the modes of distance (close - distant), temporality (now - then) and the "presence of the Other" (local - stranger), as well as their interrelated modifications. It helps to understand the degree of the acquisition/alienation of various cultural and political phenomena of the historical past and the present-day life. The historical events and personalities, as well as existing monuments of culture in the borderlands are reflected in "our/alien" dichotomy. This results in the representation of the identities of the borderlands as liquid and plural constructs and the matters of interpretation


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