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Social Construction of the Ocean

ISBN-10: 0521010578
ISBN-13: 9780521010573
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

Introduction: from Davy Jones��� 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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