Space, Territory, and Functional Differentiation

Philip G. Cerny

in Rethinking World Politics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733699
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776740 | DOI:
Space, Territory, and Functional Differentiation

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This chapter presents a reinterpretation of the way we understand the history and development of different forms of bordering and stratification, of territorial enclosure and the opening of crosscutting spaces, in this complex world; in particular, the relationship between social, economic and political processes, on the one hand, and geographical conceptions of space and territory on the other. The increasing interlinking and interpenetration of “horizontal” forms of social stratification, economic markets, and political structures, increasingly problematizes that traditional “container” of political systems and processes, the nation-state; not doing away with the state, but enmeshing it in expanding webs of social, political, and economic identities, patterns of behavior, and political action that transform its role and function in the wider transnational and global context.

Keywords: reconstructing borders; stratification; territory; nation-state

Chapter.  9815 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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