This collection seeks to illustrate the state of the art in territoriological research, both empirical and theoretical. The volume gathers together a series of original, previously unpublished essays exploring the newly emerging territorial formations in culture, politics and society.

While the globalisation debate of the 1990s largely pivoted around a ‘general deterritorialisation’ hypothesis, since the 2000s it has become apparent that, rather than effacing territories, global connections are added to them, and represent a further factor in the increase of territorial complexity. Key questions follow, such as: How can we further the knowledge around territorial complexities and the ways in which different processes of territorialisation co-exist and interact, integrating scientific advances from a plurality of disciplines? Where and what forms does territorial complexity assume, and how do complex territories operate in specific instances? Which technological, political and cultural facets of territories should be tackled to make sense of the life of territories? How and by what different or combined methods can we describe territories, and do justice to their articulations and meanings? How can the territoriological vocabulary relate to contemporary social theory advancements such as ANT, the ontological turn, the mobilities paradigm, sensory urbanism, and atmospheres research? How can territorial phenomena be studied across disciplinary boundaries? Territories, Environments, Politics casts a fresh perspective onto a number of key contemporary socio-spatial phenomena. Refraining from the attempt to ossify territoriology into some disciplinary straightjacket, the collection aims to illustrate the scope of current territoriological research, its domain, its promises, its theoretical advancements, and its methodological reflection in the making.

Scholars interested in social research will find in this collection a rich and imaginative theoretical-methodological toolkit. Students in human geography, anthropology and sociology, socio-legal studies, architecture and urban planning will find Territories, Environments, Politics of interest.

chapter 1|22 pages

The State of Territory Under Globalization

Empire and the Politics of Reterritorialization

chapter 2|18 pages

How the non-human turn challenges the social sciences

The case of environmental struggles at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France

chapter 3|15 pages

Commercial drones and the territorialisation of the air

Towards an aero-volumetric understanding of power and territory

chapter 4|19 pages

Inhabiting Together

Manure Contracts and Other Territorial Compositions Between Pastoralism and Agriculture in Western Burkina Faso

chapter 5|22 pages

Territory Glimpsed Through Lache Eyes

A Tale of Non-Euclidean and Symbolically Authentic Excursions in Liminal Space

chapter 6|25 pages

Affirmatively reading deterritorialisation in urban space

An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective

chapter 7|17 pages

Rendering territory (in)visible

Approaching urban struggles through a socio-territorial lens

chapter 8|21 pages

The Territorialisation of the Grocery Shopper

Eco-ethical asceticism and environmental nostalgia

chapter 10|18 pages

Passage Territories

Reconstructing the Domestic Spatiality of an Indonesian Urban Kampung

chapter 11|20 pages

Dodging rocks and baseball bats

Stories of territory, tourism and trespassing in Detroit neighborhoods