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Urban borderlands are the sociomaterial spaces in-between sociospatially dissimilar, adjacent parts of cities. They can facilitate the social and economic interaction between disparate and otherwise disjointed social groups. This, in turn, can contribute to the emergence of shared understandings and sociospatial identities for these groups. Research on urban borderlands can inform strategies toward integration of underprivileged socioeconomic, ethnic, or otherwise marginalized groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
EditorsA.M. Orum
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • borders and boundaries
  • coexistence
  • enclaves
  • identity
  • stratification and inequality


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