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MELO, José Luiz Bica. Borders: from the imaginary line to the field of conflicts. Sociologias [online]. 2004, n.11, pp. 126-146. ISSN 1517-4522. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-45222004000100007.
Taking the notion of field as a theoretical reference and based on statements by authorities as well as employers' and labor union leaders, aspects are pointed out that demonstrate the existence of a field of conflicts resulting from disputes over land, work positions, and distinct aspects of national legislations within the Brazilian-Uruguayan border space. Analyses demonstrate that the longed-for integration between populations living in the cities of Sant'Ana do Livramento and Rivera remains as representation, being more discursive than real.
Keywords : border; power field; social representations; social conflict.