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The decline in the role of the state. ‘Certain transnational corporations have more financial power, within a state, than the state itself’ (Kapferer (2005) Anthrop. Theory 5, 3). ‘The nation-state may be in decline but it is giving way to a relatively original state order or political/economic formation with multiple state-like effects that is able to act in ways systemic with deterritorializing global processes’ (Hudson (2002) PHG26, 3). Globalization has been explicitly seen as deterritorialization by J. A. Scholte (2000), but Eldon (2005, TIBG30, 1) is reluctant to accept Scholte's straightforward understanding of territory: ‘work proposing an idea of deterritorialization requires an explicit theorization of what territory is.’ Akinwumi (2006) Pol. Geog. 25, 7 seems to see the euro as a deterritorialization strategy. For tax havens, ‘the legal advantages of non-sovereignty are significant’ (R. T. Naylor2002).

Deterritorialization makes it increasingly difficult to maintain a convincing nationalistic discourse that involves ‘cultural purity’ (Gjerde and Onishi (2000) Hum. Dev. 43). Connell and Gibson (2004) PHG28, 3 claim that the expansion of world music exemplifies the deterritorialization of cultures.

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