In Search of Total Order: Solidifying Borders and a Stable Identity
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Condencing borders solidifying borders stable identity order frontier worldviews identification the Other border boundary the Stranger

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1. Troitskiy S. In Search of Total Order: Solidifying Borders and a Stable Identity // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2021. № 1 (6). C. 196-225.


The "frozen" borders as a result of the world order established after the Second World War seemed unshakable in Europe and North America, despite the active redrawing of space in other regions. However, the collapse of the dual system of orders in the 1980s and the subsequent active movement of borderlines led to the desire for creating a basis for their fixation. The political will to "stable" the borders coincided with the electoral expectations of stability and order, in this connection, state entities that are not able to oppose a sufficiently stable economic, cultural, and political boundaries to pressure on the borders from outside, in order to preserve the internal social status quo, are forced to create conditions for the preservation of social order, in fact, sacrificing development. The article attempts to explain the "condencing" ("solidifying") borders through the concept of order, which is realized at the mental level in the conservative essentialist worldview, designated in the text as a stable identity. The result of the research was to explain the relationship between the fixation of boundaries in space, the fading of the processes of economic and political development, and the adoption of the conservative model of identity as the most comfortable as an ideal. This allows us to describe many of the processes taking place in public consciousness, and by the presence of one of the outlined elements we can predict the further development of the other two.
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