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Introduction. From Border Patrol To Border Petrol Stations?

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In the following introductory, narratives of 'common belonging' use implicit spatial frames of reference to make sweeping judgements about people living in a certain area. this chapter does not propose to encroach on the territory of literary scholars and will for reasons of scope and practicality provide only a brief look at some of the most pertinent examples. By the same token, 'senses of place' that is to say the affinities and personal associations by which individuals feel linked with a certain place are certainly relevant to the purpose of this section. The meaning of spaces can, moreover, be multiple and contradictory: petrol stations near Luxembourg's state borders may be described in positive terms. A thorough study of 'senses of place' would have to be based on interviews designed to ascertain individuals' constructions of belonging. This chapter will focus on writings about rather than from the period before the nation-state.

Keywords: Luxembourg; petrol stations; senses of place; spatial frames



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