Vol. 23 (2020): Cromohs
Mobilizing Otherness/Alterity Across Time and Space

The Strategic Mobilisation of the Border in Gibraltar: The Postcolonial (Re)Production of Privilege and Exclusion

Giacomo Orsini
Ghent University
Andrew Canessa
University of Essex
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Luis G. Martínez del Campo
Complutense University of Madrid
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Cover image Cromohs 23, 2020, background: Jan Gossaert, Portrait of a Merchant, ca. 1530, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, National Gallery of Art. Open access image
Published March 24, 2021
Keywords
  • Border,
  • Gibraltar,
  • Spain,
  • United Kingdom,
  • (post-)Colonialism
How to Cite
Orsini, G., Canessa, A., & G. Martínez del Campo, L. (2021). The Strategic Mobilisation of the Border in Gibraltar: The Postcolonial (Re)Production of Privilege and Exclusion. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 23, 60-75. https://doi.org/10.36253/cromohs-12503

Abstract

The border separating/unifying Gibraltar with Spain is reproduced in public discourse as a threat and an obstacle to the normalisation of political life in the small enclave. Yet, an in-depth socio-historical analysis of local cross-border relations over the 20th century, shows how the Gibraltarian national identity and local government originate from the border rather than in opposition to it. The fencing of the frontier imposed by the Franco’s regime between 1969-1985 allows the discursive (re)production of a Gibraltarian identity distinct from that of the Spanish neighbours - and, in part, from that of the English colonisers.

References

Grant Ref. ES/K006223/1-