Theorizing Socio-Spatial Relations

This essay seeks to reframe recent debates on sociospatial theory through the introduction of an approach that can grasp the inherently polymorphic, multidimensional character of sociospatial relations. As previous advocates of a scalar turn, we now question the privileging, in any form, of a single dimension of sociospatial processes, scalar or otherwise. We consider several recent sophisti- cated `turns’ within critical social science; explore their methodological limitations; and highlight several important strands of sociospatial theory that seek to transcend the latter.

Avoiding Traps, Rescaling States, Governing Europe

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Avoiding traps, rescaling the state, governing Europe‘, in R. Keil and R. Mahon, eds, Leviathan Undone? Towards a Political Economy of Scale, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 87-104, 2009. *** Lively debates over the future of the state resurfaced…

Reflections on Globalization and Its (Il)logic(s)

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Reflections on the (il)logics of globalization’, in K. Olds, P. Dicken, P.F. Kelly, L. Kong, and H. W.-C. Yeung, eds, Globalization and the Asia Pacific: Contested Territories, London: Routledge, 19-38, 1999. By: Bob Jessop Keywords: globalization; chaotic concepts; relativization of…