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By John Agnew

This provocative and demanding textual content deals a brand new frame of mind approximately sovereignty, either prior and current. exotic geographer John Agnew boldly demanding situations the generally well known tale that country sovereignty is in around the globe eclipse within the face of the overpowering procedures of globalization. He argues that this conception depends upon rules approximately sovereignty and globalization which are either overstated and deceptive. Agnew contends that sovereignty-state keep an eye on and authority over space-is no longer unavoidably smartly contained in state-by-state territories, nor has it ever been so. but the dominant photograph of globalization is the substitute of a territorialized global through certainly one of networks and flows that understand no borders except those who outline the Earth itself. In not easy this picture, Agnew first strains the ways that it has turn into common. He then develops a brand new frame of mind in regards to the geography of powerful sovereignty and many of the geographical kinds within which sovereignty truly operates on the planet, providing an exhilarating highbrow framework that breaks with the either/or considering country sovereignty as opposed to globalization.

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The first is place as location or a site in space where an activity or object is located and that relates to other sites or locations because of interaction and movement between them. A city or other settlement is often thought of this way. Somewhere in between, and second, is the view of place as locale or setting where everyday-life activities take place. Here the location is no mere address but the where of social life and environmental transformation. Examples would be such settings from everyday life as workplaces, homes, shopping malls, churches, and so forth.

There have always been competing sources of political authority, from the church in the medieval context to international organizations, social movements, businesses, and NGOs today. Sovereignty is not the same thing as irresistible power emanating from a single site. 47 Thus, even ostensibly private entities and supranational governments are often popularly accorded great or even greater authority in the face of the control that they exercise than are states. Think, for example, of credit rating agencies such as Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, charitable organizations such as Human Rights Watch, and supranational entities such as the European Union.

J. Agnew, Geopolitics: Re-Visioning World Politics (London: Routledge, Second Edition, 2003), chapter 2. 16. J. Le´vy, L’invention du monde. Une ge´ographie de mondialisation (Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2008), 70. 17. Le´vy, L’invention du monde; S. D. com/ngs/vol2/ iss2/art4. 18. T. Kearney Globalization Index’’ (January/February 2003): 60–72. 19. Friedman, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). 42 chapter 1 20. E. R. Wolf, Europe and the People without History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982); Agnew, Geopolitics, chapter 4.

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