Border Crossing 2022-10-31T22:00:33+00:00 Border Crossing Open Journal Systems <p><a title="Border Crossing" href=""><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="" alt="Border Crossing" height="200" /></em></a><strong>Border Crossing</strong> is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed international journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. Border Crossing is published twice a year in January-June and July-December. Articles are published online immediately as they are accepted and produced. The Journal follows a strict double-blind review policy embedded in our general <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">publishing ethics</a> and supported by rigorous academic scrutiny of papers published.</p> <p><strong>Border Crossing</strong> is indexed and abstracted in: Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) | China Academic Journals Database (CNKI Scholar) | EBSCO Academic Search international | ERIH PLUS (Erih Index) | Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals (NSD) | Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) | Border Crossing is also included in American Sociological Association's Publication Options Journal Directory. </p> <p class="smaller"><strong>Journal Founded:</strong> 2011<br /><strong>ISSN:</strong> 2046-4436 (Print) | <strong>ISSN:</strong> 2046-4444 (Online)<br /><strong>Publication Frequency:</strong> Two issues a year: January-June and July-December</p> Men and Masculinities in Pandemic: Illness Narratives and Social Isolation Experiences of Men Diagnosed with COVID-19 in Turkey 2022-01-20T15:18:27+00:00 Mehmet Can Çarpar <p><em>This qualitative study aims to understand the illness narratives and social isolation experiences of men living in Turkey to examine the relationship between traditional masculinity norms and the pandemic. The data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with 13 men who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and four women whose spouses were diagnosed with COVID-19. According to data, the COVID-19 pandemic has (re)showed that traditional masculinity roles can damage men’s health and make men vulnerable to diseases. In addition to these health-related outcomes of the pandemic, traditional masculinity norms have also affected men’s social lives. It is seen that the men who have grown up in a more patriarchal social environment may experience the pandemic as a kind of masculinity loss and react in a more sexist way. But, there may also be positive scenarios in the future, since it is seen that the pandemic may cause men to change positively. </em></p> 2022-10-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Border Crossing Turkey and Saudi Arabia Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Power, State Identity and Religion 2022-06-16T11:59:41+00:00 Ahmet Erdi Ozturk <p class="MDPI17abstract" style="margin-left: 0cm;"><em>During the first two decades of the Twenty-First century, we have begun — and will continue to — experience a new dimension in the political roles of power, state identity and religion in different ways. One can read this situation as the concentration of these notions at the core of global politics implemented by political leaders who have been transforming their countries appearances and perceptions worldwide. Furthermore, we will also be experiencing an increase in the intersectionality between domestic and foreign policy that are covered by power, state identity and religion. Within this framework, Muslim majority countries in the Middle East, which are underdeveloped in terms of liberal democracy, have been engaging in a global struggle over state identity and power that stretches from different part of the world, and this has been affecting both the regional dynamics and beyond via global Muslim diasporas. Among many different examples two of these countries have become quite visible: Turkey, under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Saudi Arabia with its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The two countries have long been in a problematic relation and this has been intensified after Saudi agents murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in 2018. But, how did their relations come to this point and how do power, state identity and religion play different roles? To answer this question, this article argues that not directly religion, but also international power struggles and differences between state identities could play different roles into the relations between states, but the positions of the states could not be stable and can be changeable according to their interests. </em></p> 2022-10-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Border Crossing Legal Instruments for the Collaboration of Divided Cities with Polish Constituents in Municipal Services Management 2022-09-08T07:07:57+00:00 Przemyslaw Brzozowski <p><em>One of the principal tasks of regional and local authorities in any state is to manage municipal services for the people living in the area. In the case of divided cities, or cities intersected by national borders, municipal services are, in principle, provided separately for the residents of each state. The author presents a definition of divided cities and the matter of potential collaboration between such cities in the area of joint management of municipal services. The article also attempts to answer the question, among others, what legal instruments may be applied in this respect and what benefits would be brought by municipal collaboration between divided cities. Furthermore, the author presents the current status of collaboration between divided cities in the area concerned. </em></p> 2022-10-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Border Crossing