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Psychosociological Meaning Of The Border

Author(s): Danijela Gavrilović, Dragana Stjepanović-Zaharijevski, Aleksandra Kostić
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: border; religion; morality; family; social perception

Summary/Abstract: Borders are set between people for the purpose of emphasising their differences and establishing self identity in contrast to others’ identities. A border between “them and us” determines not only our direct contact with others, but also the way in which we perceive and evaluate them. A border can be a source of both cooperation and conflict. The aim of this text is to reevaluate different social and psychological meanings that borders hold for different peoples, social groups and individuals. We will try to make a connection between social and psychological factors which cause and configure the establishment of borders, and connect them to those which in various social contexts help with their overcoming. Another aspect that we would like to discuss is concerned with the types and functions of borders as parts of lives and perceptive notions of individuals and social groups. Some borders prevail because they maintain “the images of self and others”, others lose their importance, and at the same time new borders are set daily. “Living on the border” is a phrase which can describe various situations in social life. It is a sui generis quality, which implies the establishment of a specific border life “subculture”. The following will be taken as factors which influence the establishment of a border: tradition, value systems, religion and socialisation, while people and the family will be presented as groups which experience the consequences of this phenomenon.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 1439-1454
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian