Ryan, BJ (2015) Security spheres: a phenomenology of maritime spatial practices. Security Dialogue, 46 (6). pp. 568-584. ISSN 1460-3640

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This article explores maritime protection zones (MPZ), which are being created in the territorial waters of a number of European states. Through the work of Gaston Bachelard and Peter Sloterdijk, the article analyses maritime zonation as a paradigmatic global security mechanism. It examines how maritime spatial planning seeks to reconfigure sea-space into multi-dimensional spheres of predictability and rationality. These processes, it proposes, seek to routinize the use of sea-space and reconcile tensions between the governance of land and sea, and between fixed infrastructure and mobile capital flows. The political and economic redistribution at stake in the construction of a global network of vast maritime zones, which act as hubs of wealth creation and environmental management, creates further tensions where commercial and military security imaginaries meet local and ecological interests. The article traces the ontology of multi-dimensional zonation and concludes that space which emerges from a pluralist and less anthropocentric understanding of the maritime would provide more effective security.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical security studies, maritime security, globalization, maritime protection, zones, Sloterdijk
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 13:53
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2019 10:53
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/589

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