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Whither the World? Presence, Absence and the Globe

Hetherington, Kevin (2002). Whither the World? Presence, Absence and the Globe. Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race, 9 pp. 173–188.

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This paper looks at the globe and the discourse of globalisation not under the sign of one - a singular yet complex entity - but under the sign of zero or as the blank. Challenging the reductionism of the globe to the Euclidean, the transitive and the big, the globe as zero can be treated as both a sign for the space of nothing and the insignificant as well as a meta-sign for the ordering of space itself. As a sign, it encompasses both the conditions of presence and absence that do not follow a geometric ordering logic (i.e. local/global; centre/periphery). We encounter instead the uncertainty and undecidability as well as the effects of the under-determined. Approaching issues of globalization under the sign of zero rather than one allows us to pursue an understanding of global conditions of possibility in more complex, topological and intransitive ways that better allow us to grasp both the conditions of social stasis and social change that emerge from new configurations of sociality and their global spatialities.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1381-1312
Extra Information: Mobilizing Place, Placing Mobility: The Politics of Representation in a Globalized World
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 12392
Depositing User: Kevin Hetherington
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2008 12:10
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:14
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