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The Geopolitics of Europe's Identity
Centers, Boundaries, and Margins
 
 
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09 Apr 2008
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This book pursues an original perspective on Europe's shifting extent and geopolitical standing: how countries and spaces marginal to it impact on Europe as a center. A theoretical discussion of borders and margins is developed, and set against nine studies of countries, regions, and identities seen as marginal to Europe.


Description

This book pursues an original perspective on Europe's shifting extent and geopolitical standing: how countries and spaces marginal to it impact on Europe as a center. A theoretical discussion of borders and margins is developed, and set against nine studies of countries, regions, and identities seen as marginal to Europe.


Reviews

"This edited collection. . .offers one of the most erudite and discerning renditions of the geopolitics of Europe's identity to date. It would be of benefit to anyone who is serious about European politics, international relations theory and geopolitics." - Emilian Kavalski, Political Studies Review"The Geopolitics of Europe's Identity is an innovative and exciting excursion into the new geopolitics of political space. The splendid collection of essays uses the European case to synthesize theoretical and case analyses of how ‘marginal’ and ‘center’ polities interact with and have an impact on each other. It is a major achievement that should be required in graduate seminars on IR theory." - Richard W. Mansbach, Professor of Politics, Iowa State University

"This book fills a gap between the vast amount of empirical studies about border regions on the one hand, and theoretical explorations of the figure of marginality on the other. It is one of the very rare cases in which ambitious theoretical and indeed philosophical investigations are closely connected with an in-depth empirical knowledge of the various borders and boundary zones of contemporary Europe. This book should not only appeal to students of International Relations and European Studies, but equally to sociologists and political geographers. It should certainly set standards about how to think about the difficult issue of Europe’s identity in the future." - Mathias Albert, Professor of Political Science, University of Bielefeld

"This is a strikingly creative and provocative engagement with the boundaries of contemporary Europe. Starting from very sophisticated accounts of what happens at the margins of political community and identity, this collection not only pushes at some of the most difficult and troubling dynamics of European politics but also challenges many of the ways we think about boundaries and identities in many other places." - R.B.J. Walker, SPIRE, Keele University, United Kingdom and University of Victoria, Canada


Contents


PART I: THE NATURE OF MARGINAL FORMATIONS
Introduction: Space Centres, and Margins: the Constructive and the Constructed; N.Parker
Delimitation: The Denigration of Boundaries in the Political Thought of Late Modernity; S.Prosorov
Power and Marginality in the International System: A Historical Perspective; P.JoenniemmiN.Parker
PART II: MARGINS AROUND EUROPE
Exploiting Marginality: The Case of Russia; M.David
An Encounter of Two Marginalities: EU-Russia Trans-Border Relations in Russian Discourse; A.S.Makarychev
Denmark's and Britain's Marginality Strategies Compared; N.Parker
Europe and a Globalizing USA: Political Ideals Projected and Counter-Projected; N.Parker
Gibraltar, Jerusalem, Kaliningrad: Peripherality, Marginality, Hybridity; C.Browning& P.Joenniemmi
Notions of Europe: Where Does Europe's Southern Margin Lie?; M.Pace
The Ritual of Listening to Foreigner: Appropriating Geopolitics in Central Europe; M.Kuus
Between the Balkans and Europe: Boundary Making in Contemporary Croatian and Slovenian Discourse; N.Lindstrom
Variable Geometries: Institutions, Power, and Ideas in Turkey's European Integration Process; F.Tassinari
Conclusion; N.Parker


Authors

Noel Parker is Associate Professor in Political Theory and the History of Ideas at Copenhagen University Department of Politics.