Why and How Place Matters

Göran Therborn

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Why and How Place Matters

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This article describes the importance of the concept of place in politics. It discusses the origins of place and the ancient tradition in politics and suggests that place matters in three kinds of politics: democratic, military, and symbolic. It explains that places mold actors, structure their life chances, and provide them with identities and traditions of social and political action. Places are strategic sites of action and the creation, development, or destruction of places form an important part in political agendas.

Keywords: place; politics; identities; traditions; social action; political action; political agendas

Article.  11287 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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