Social Imaginaries of Space
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Social Imaginaries of Space

Concepts and Cases

Bernard Debarbieux

Travelling through various historical and geographical contexts, Social Imaginaries of Space explores diverse forms of spatiality, examining the interconnections which shape different social collectives. Proposing a theory on how space is intrinsically linked to the making of societies, this book examines the history of the spatiality of modern states and nations and the social collectives of Western modernity in a contemporary light.
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Chapter 12: Epiphany: Leviathan at the border

Bernard Debarbieux

Abstract

I have pursued one main objective throughout this book: to take the measure of the spatial dimension constitutive of social imaginaries in a long-term perspec¬tive. As the goal was enormous, I focused on several authors (More, Hobbes, Taylor, Searle, Warner, Arendt, Schmitt, etc.), certain social institutions (currency, private property, etc.), a set of preferential spatial objects (territory, border, plot, natural park, etc.), and just some of the innumerable collectives with which the question could be illustrated.

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