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Title: Rethinking territory
Authors: Antonsich, Marco
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sage (© The authors)
Citation: ANTONSICH, M., 2011. Rethinking territory. Progress in Human Geography, 35 (3), pp.422-425.
Abstract: This critical commentary engages, both methodologically and theoretically, the notion of territory as discussed by Stuart Elden (2010). Methodologically, I suggest that Elden's philological concern with the term 'territory' rather than with the idea of 'bounded political space' risks producing a partial historical account. As a way to enlarge the scope of analysis and include also forms of 'bounded political spaces' which existed before, during, and after the emergence of modern territory, I propose a new theoretical category, 'territorial'. This category reinstates the importance of 'b-ordering' practices, downgraded as second-order problem by Elden. Theoretically, the commentary also suggests the importance of 'peopling' territory, in order to bring social agency back in and avoiding treating modern territory as a mere terror(izing) tool. Prompted by Elden's account, this piece aims to stimulate a 'territory debate'.
Description: This is the submitted version of an article published in the journal Progress in Human Geography. The final published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132510385619
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0309132510385619
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16124
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132510385619
ISSN: 0309-1325
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