Paper Information

Journal:   MODARRES HUMAN SCIENCES   FALL 2006 , Volume 10 , Number (TOM 48) GEOGRAPHY; Page(s) 147 To 172.
 
Paper: 

ROLE OF TRANSITION IN BORDER FUNCTION ON GEOGRAPHICAL SPACE: BAJGIRAN AREA IN THE IRAN AND TURKMENISTAN BORDER

 
Author(s):  MOHAMMADPOUR ALI, AHMADIPOUR ZAHRA*, BADIEI M.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, TARBIAT MODARES UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Collapse of former Soviet Union and fall down of eastern block wall are among the major events in the past decade. After this collapse, opening of Iran and Turkmenistan borders in Khorasan and Golestan provinces resulted in great changes within these two provinces as well as the region including the border areas.
This paper is a part of a field survey which includes literature review, interviewing with local authorities and people, distributing questionnaires among the residents in the villages of the study area (using panel study method) and finally local observations. It aimed at investigating the spatial changes happened in the border area of Bajgiran after the opening of the border as compared with before the opening of the border. Further, it tries to study the role of border Function changes accordingly.
The main assumption of the research is that; "opening of the border of Iran and Turkmenistan in the Bajgiran region has made some changes in the border function and these functional transition has created a new geographical space in different fields". There have been spatial and geographical changes in the field of transportation, rural – urban residential areas, public communications and facilities, establishment of great number of branch offices and governmental and non – governmental organizations as well as change in the population movement process especially in the Bajgiran city, so that there is basic change in the view of this city as compared with before the border opening.

 
Keyword(s): IRAN, TURKMENISTAN, BAJGIRAN, BORDER AREAS, SPATIAL CHANGES
 
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