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Territorialities, Spaces, Geographies

IPS VIRTUAL ISSUE 2013
Territorialities, Spaces, Geographies

This special issue presents a selection of work at the interstices between international relations and geography. It is an invitation for intensifying debates in International Political Sociology on transformations of space and scales, the use of geographical methods and concepts, and the nature and limits of geographical thought in international and global relations.

The international is a spatial category and has been invested by variable geographies. The world of the international is flat; a two-dimensional world of relations between sovereign states claiming exclusive power over their territory and people. The international also persistently and often violently draws lines between itself and its outside: worlds of colonies, the uncivilised, transnational networks, and others. Recently, topographic categories are increasingly challenged by topological modes of enacting spatial relations and by analyses foregrounding the importance of temporal practices and narratives.

This special issue samples an international political sociology that deploys and critically engages territorial, spatial, geographical modes of thinking and politics. What are the limits and transformations of spatial practices in contemporary politics? How are territorialities, borders, and lines invested in methods of governing and conceptions of order? What is the impact of foregrounding temporality and mobility on spatial categorizing of the international? How are geopolitics and territoriality produced?

Articles

The Territorial Trap of the Territorial Trap: Global Transformation and the Problem of the State’s Two Territories
Nisha Shah
International Political Sociology

Henri Lefebvre on State, Space, Territory
Neil Brenner and Stuart Elden
International Political Sociology

Know-where: Geographies of Knowledge of World Politics
John Agnew 
International Political Sociology

Space, Boundaries, and the Problem of Order: A View from Systems Theory
Jan Helmig, Oliver Kessler
International Political Sociology

Borders, Territory, Law
Nick Vaughan-Williams
International Political Sociology

Rethinking Community: Translation Space as a Departure from Political Community
Reiko Shindo
International Political Sociology

Education and the Formation of Geopolitical Subjects
Martin Muller
International Political Sociology

Think Locally, Act Globally
Terrence Lyons and Peter Mandaville
International Political Sociology

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