Producing space, producing China : a critical intervention
Nieuwenhuis, Marijn (2012) Producing space, producing China : a critical intervention. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. CSGR Working Papers, Vol.2012 (No.276).
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The concepts of the production and representation of space and place are receiving an increasing amount of attention in both the humanities and the social sciences. This paper will use the theoretical knowledge that has and continues to be produced on the subject to come
to a better understanding of the spatial origins that constitute the place that is Chinese nation
state. The analysis of spatial practises should shed light on the question what China is and wherefrom it receives the legitimacy for its social-spatial integrity.
It will be argued that the arrival of modernity and its universal measurement of time and space were essential components in the gradual transformation from ethnocentric place to a territorially defined nation state. The political production and organisation of space employed for the formation of the nation state is argued to be the consequence of the same (globalising) logic that is now said to question and undermine its territorial integrity.
Modernity and globalisation are in this paper, in other words, considered to be similar, if not identical, spatial-temporal concepts that both help to create and destruct places. This is arguably best visible in the constant production and reproduction of the most sophisticated of spatial organisations: our cities. I will argue that despite the changing face of cities, of which the disputed contemporary "globalisation" is but one of many, the spatial reality that is the modern nation state remains the same. This is not to return to an orthodox realist interpretation but to understand the very "stuff" that space and place are made of.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||China -- Politics and government, Cities and towns -- China, Territory, National -- China|
|Series Name:||CSGR Working Papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||32|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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