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Spatial EcologiesUrban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory$
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Verena Andermatt Conley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317545

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317217

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Etienne Balibar: Fictional Spaces

Etienne Balibar: Fictional Spaces

(p.127) 8 Etienne Balibar: Fictional Spaces
Spatial Ecologies
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This chapter discusses the fictional spaces of Etienne Balibar. Balibar argues against a modernist Western universalism, which he replaces with competing universalities that needed ongoing mediation and negotiation. He sees the construction of a new space (nouvel espace) in the age of economic globalisation in which the state is no longer a leading player. Emphasising geopolitics and a quasiexistential way of being in the world, he urges his public to develop ecological territories based on a new universalism.

Keywords:   fictional spaces, Etienne Balibar, Western universalism, universalities, economic globalisation

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