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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17540290903064267|
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In a manner analogous to Lukes' classic study of power in the early 1970s, this paper sets out three spatial vocabularies of power - territorial, networked and topological. Each spatial frame, it is suggested, has its usefulness in helping us to understand the ways in which power works itself out spatially. But, as in Lukes' study, the first two accounts of power are found wanting in certain respects; in this instance because of the limitations of the topographical framework which underpins them. In order to come to terms with the changing dynamics of a more complex, globalized world, it is argued that a topological appreciation of the workings of power is a better starting point. At a minimum, the paper sets out to show how the ability of powerful bodies to draw distant others within close reach or construct the close at hand at a distance, through relations of connection and simultaneity, opens up an understanding of power more in tune with the spatial reworkings of authority and influence today.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Routledge|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Geography|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)|
|Depositing User:||John Allen|
|Date Deposited:||04 Mar 2010 16:41|
|Last Modified:||26 Oct 2012 04:22|
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