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The Social Construction of the Ocean : Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Hardcover) - Philip E. Steinberg

The Social Construction of the Ocean

Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 2nd July 2010
ISBN: 9780521804431
Number Of Pages: 258

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Steinberg presents a history of the uses, regulations and representation of the world-ocean, from approximately 1450 through the present. This history is told through a 'territorial political economy' lens, borrowing from world-systems theory, economic-geographic studies of the spatiality of capitalism, political-geographic work on the history of territoriality, and post-structural work on social conflict in the production of space. Just as the modern era has been characterized by a conflicting set of dynamic and contested spatiality on land, so has it been characterized by a conflicting set of spatial functions at sea. Evidence is marshaled from legal texts, literary and artistic creations, cartographic representations, advertisements, commercial and military history, and policy debates. The book concludes by considering how lessons learned from the history of the ocean may be applied to emerging spaces, such as cyberspace, where there is a similarly problematic 'fit' between social processes and the institutions of state governance.

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'This is much more than a social constructionist's book about the sea. Steinberg has produced a splendid innovative text that will be of interest to all social scientists with an interest in the historical development of the modern world from outside narrow nationalist perspectives.' Peter J. Taylor, Loughborough University 'This is an apt summary of an excellent book, which makes a highly original contribution to a much under considered portion of political geography in theoretically nuanced and empirically informative ways. It is not only the first such major contribution to the study of the political economy and geography of the oceans, but destined to be a classic.' Ron Johnston, University of Bristol '... this thoughtful, engaging, and clearly written book is noteworthy for giving prominence to spaces of the world that have been largely ignored. It contributes not only to our knowledge of the oceans, but also to that of geohistorical productions of space throughout the modern period.' Becky Mansfield, Environment & Planning A

Introduction: from Davy JonesâÇÖ locker to the Foot Locker: the case of the floating Nikes
The social construction of ocean-space
Ocean-space in non-modern societies
Ocean-space and merchant capitalism
Ocean-space and industrial capitalism
Ocean-space and postmodern capitalism
Beyond postmodern capitalism, beyond ocean-space
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ISBN: 9780521804431
ISBN-10: 0521804434
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 2nd July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55