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Title: Putting Portugal on the Map
Authors: Ferrão, João
Keywords: Geography
Geopolitics
Geoeconomics
Territory
Portugal
Place
Geographic Scale
Network
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Ferrão, João (2010) "Putting Portugal on the map". JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 1, n.º 1 (Autumn 2010), pp. 92-101. Consulted [online] on date of the last visit, janus.ual.pt/janus.net/en/arquivo_en/en_vol1_n1/en_vol1_n1_art8.html
Abstract: This paper argues the need to “put Portugal on the map” in a double sense: in a prospective way, in order to place the country on the required map(s), something which entails strategic vision and capacity for action; and in an analytical way – to enable us to understand Portugal from the map(s) it is part of, which presupposes a capacity to analyse and understand the current state of affairs. By drawing inspiration from the polymorphic vision on the spatialities of contemporary societies and economies defended by Jessop, Brenner and Jones (2008), we propose the creation of a unifying reference framework to “put Portugal on the map”, using a combination of five elements: territory as a geographic location; territory as a unit of reference of the nation-state; places; geographic scales; and networks. The polymorphic nature of the spatialities that characterize, or should characterize, Portugal’s place in the world reflects several, and even contradictory, ethical values, interests, preferences, and options. Accordingly, the supported polymorphic spatialities ought to stir up controversy based on knowledge and arguments that are solid from a theoretical and empirical stance, and should make explicit the objectives and values they are based on.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11144/484
ISSN: 1647-7251
Publisher version: http://observare.ual.pt/janus.net/en/previous-issues/61-english-en/vol-1,-n-%C2%BA1-autumn-2010/articles/94-putting-portugal-on-the-map
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