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Assembling ocean life: more-than-human entanglements in the Blue economy

Bear, Christopher 2017. Assembling ocean life: more-than-human entanglements in the Blue economy. Dialogues in Human Geography 7 (1) , pp. 27-31. 10.1177/2043820617691635

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While welcoming the intervention of Winders and Le Heron as opening up a space for critical – and practical – engagement with so-called ‘Blue Economy’ thinking, their employment of assemblage approaches could be extended. Doing so might produce a different conceptualisation of the blue economy, while concurrently establishing new challenges for blue economic practices. In this commentary, I focus on three key areas: 1) the ontological separation of land and sea and the conceptualisation of ‘marine space’; 2) the ‘liveliness’ of oceans; and 3) practical possibilities for Blue Economy policies to draw on and engage with ‘wet ontologies’. I argue that future geographical research on the Blue Economy would benefit from moving away from categorisations of the ‘ecological’ or ‘bio’ and towards a fuller engagement with the diversity of actants and forces that contribute to the emergence of new practices, policies and (de)territorialisations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Uncontrolled Keywords: More-than-human, assemblage theory, blue economy, geographies of the sea, dynamic ocean management
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2043-8206
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 August 2016
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2020 19:00

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