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Territory and territoriality: retrospect and prospect

Storey, David ORCID: (2020) Territory and territoriality: retrospect and prospect. In: A Research Agenda for Territory and Territoriality. Elgar Research Agendas . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 1-24. ISBN 978 1 78811 280 2 (print) 978 1 78811 281 9 (ebook)

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The word ‘territory’ is commonly used to refer to an area of land claimed by a state, or to a ‘homeland’ associated with, or claimed by, a national grouping seeking self-determination. The word tends quite often to conjure up images of highly contested political spaces such as Kashmir, Nagorno-Karabakh or Northern Ireland. Although territory might be seen as a core geographical
concept, it is one that has tended to be taken for granted and treated in a somewhat descriptive sense until comparatively recently. Territoriality is normally seen as the actions or behaviours used to control or exert power over a geographically designated space. The pioneering work of Robert Sack (1986) drew attention to territoriality as a spatial expression of power. More recently, ideas of territory and territoriality have been interrogated in more depth (Delaney 2005; Storey 2012), a heightened attention further reflected in the launch of the journal Territory, Politics, Governance in 2013 and in edited volumes drawing together recent scholarship (Paasi et al. 2018)

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: territory, territoriality, retrospect, prospect, space
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: David Storey
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2021 01:00

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