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Tracing imaginations of the state : the spatial consequences of different state concepts among asylum activist organisations.

Gill, Nicholas (2010) Tracing imaginations of the state : the spatial consequences of different state concepts among asylum activist organisations. Antipode, 42 (5). pp. 1048-1070. ISSN 0066-4812

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Abstract

This paper examines the spatial consequences for activism of viewing the state through either a statist or post-structural lens. It is argued that understanding the state in different ways produces very different spatial strategies among activists. Drawing upon detailed case studies of two asylum-seeking activist organisations in the UK, the connections between imaginations of the state, spatial strategies towards institutionalised authority, and the pros and cons of these strategies for activism itself are examined. Through these cases, the paper emphasises the importance of everyday theories about the state not only for understanding what the state is, but also for understanding how relationships with the state are formed and points towards the constructive power of imaginations of the state in their own right.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Antipode
Uncontrolled Keywords: state theory ; activism ; asylum seekers ; refugees
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 28084
Deposited By: Nick M Gill
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2009 16:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:44
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28084

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