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The Social Construction of the Ocean by Philip E. Steinberg

The worlds' oceans have been extremely important in the development and interaction of societies throughout history. This unique book uses the tools of political geography and international relations to examine the ways in which nations and peoples have viewed and used the oceans. Most social scientists have looked on the seas as a resource, but Steinberg sees them as a space defined by society, arguing that political and economic forces have shaped the governance and representation of the sea as much as they have the land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521804431
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series , #78
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: from Davy Jones' locker to the Foot Locker: the case of the floating Nikes; 1. The social construction of ocean-space; 2. Ocean-space in non-modern societies; 3. Ocean-space and merchant capitalism; 4. Ocean-space and industrial capitalism; 5. Ocean-space and postmodern capitalism; 6. Beyond postmodern capitalism, beyond ocean-space.

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