RE-CLOSED BORDER AS AN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE. EXPLORATORY RESEARCH OF POLISH-GERMAN TWIN CITIES IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF A COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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MACIEJ FRĄCKOWIAK
JERZY KACZMAREK
ŁUKASZ ROGOWSKI

Abstract

Borders’ closure during the COVID-19 pandemic had a particular impact on the everyday life of borderland residents. As part of the research on bordering processes carried out since a few years, during the closure of the state borders in 2020, qualitative interviews on everyday life in the COVID-19 pandemic have been conducted. In this paper, we present the results of the exploratory study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Polish-German border twin cities. We indicate at what levels borders’ closure affected the border landscape, border practices of the inhabitants of the researched territories, and their notion of the border. We also suggest how border relations were shaped due to differences in the management and perception of the pandemic situation in two countries. The results obtained indicate that the closure of borders has made life more difficult in an area under examination and has also affected the identity and specificity of the place. This issue is worth exploring further to establish the true extent of the impact of the pandemic in the borderlands.

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FRĄCKOWIAK, M., KACZMAREK, J., & ROGOWSKI, ŁUKASZ. (2021). RE-CLOSED BORDER AS AN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE. EXPLORATORY RESEARCH OF POLISH-GERMAN TWIN CITIES IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF A COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Society Register, 5(4), 61-74. https://doi.org/10.14746/sr.2021.5.4.04
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MACIEJ FRĄCKOWIAK, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Maciej Frąckowiak - sociologist, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and lecturer at Design Department, SWPS University in Warsaw. He is interested in urban sociology, sociology of architecture and urban planning, visual research, and sociology of culture. He participated in many research projects concerning architecture, culture, and border studies. He currently participates in international research project: ‘De-Re-Bord’ (where he researches Polish-German borderland).

JERZY KACZMAREK, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Jerzy Kaczmarek - professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Research interests: history of sociology and social thought, sociology of borderland, sociology of art, visual sociology, post-secularism. Head of the international research project ‘De-Re-Bord’, focusing on the study of the Polish-German borderland. ORCiD: 0000-0001-8314-199X.

ŁUKASZ ROGOWSKI, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Łukasz Rogowski - sociologist, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is interested in visual sociology, visual research, ethics of qualitative research, sociology of mobilities, sociology of new media. He participated in many research projects focused on, among others, urban visual culture, visual competence, social usage of smartphones and mobile applications. He currently participates in two international research projects: ‘De-Re-Bord’ (where he researches Polish-German borderland) and ‘Ruraction’ (Horizon 2020 project, where he is an ethical commissioner and coordinator of visual research).

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