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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Hamchi
 
First Name:
Mohamed
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Identity and territoriality in the Persian/Arab Gulf region: the Arab Spring and beyond?
 
Paper Proposal Text :
Territory, as a conception, has been traditionally oversimplified. Defining borders through simply geographical determinants has been accompanied by ignoring non-material factors. By the end of the cold war, a wide range of literature, called constructivist, has engaged in a research endeavour aiming at casting much more light on ideational factors in world politics. However, territoriality studies seem to be less affected by such theoretical developments. This paper attempts to get territoriality studies more engaged with the identity question in international relations. It claims that defining territory should move beyond geography-centered perspectives and must turn much more attention to identity as a (de)stabilizer for the territory’s defining processes. The Persian/Arab Gulf region is suggested as a case study. The paper argues that the region’s unresolved disputes over territories lack a comprehensive framework, theoretical as well as operational, that takes primarily into consideration the enduring problem of identities in/out-side territories. Within the case study, the paper attempts to draw some insightful conclusions from the Arab Spring’s effect on the region, particularly in Bahrain, and the relevant consequences on territoriality in the region.
 
 
 

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