Chapter 3: Territorialization and deterritorialization
The Westphalian order has been mainly challenged in its territorial dimension. Decolonization brought to light other conceptions of space (tribal or imperial), while globalization still questions the relevance of state borderlines and cuts through all kinds of delimitation. The new communication technology makes sovereign separations inefficient, while traditional visions of space management come back and partly restructure the international order. This chapter revisits the territorial principle and asks: what does it mean? What does it imply from an IR point of view? What is the “deterritorialization process” that we can observe here and there? How does it explain some of the major changes in our present world system? What are the main “post-territorial trends” and how do they transform the present international arena?
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