Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s

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dc.contributor.author Hannah, Matthew G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-03T15:07:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-03T15:07:14Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Hannah , M G 2009 , ' Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s ' Political Geography , vol 28 , no. 1 , pp. 66-75 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 154619
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/5976
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5976
dc.description Hannah M. (2009). Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s. Political Geography, 28 (1), 66-75. Sponsorship: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation en
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that recent signs of a hesitant convergence between discourses on sovereignty and territory and discourses on power/knowledge point to ways in which both discourse of power are linked to calculable territory. Both sovereignty and power/knowledge are based upon intervention, and intervention in turn presupposes these two general forms of power. But intervention is also inherently territorial. The historical context for these claims is set through a brief account of the general sciences of order emerging in the early modern period. The theoretical argument is then given a platform by means of a heuristic model of calculable territory, which, while incomplete and partly counter-factual, provides an overarching framework for understanding a range of recent studies of spatial power relations as contributions to a collective genealogy of calculable territory. An important recent change in the genealogy of calculable territory was brought on by the widespread adoption of electronic information and communications technologies in state institutions and other large organizations over the past quarter century. Both the continued relevance of calculable territory and recent changes in its composition and significance for power relations are illustrated by chronicling one important early set of controversies in the emergence of the ‘information age’: the mass boycott movements in West Germany in 1983 and 1987 aimed at blocking the federal census in that country. These boycotts clearly show the links between sovereignty, power/knowledge, intervention and calculable territory. en
dc.format.extent 10 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Political Geography en
dc.subject Calculable territory en
dc.subject Sovereignty en
dc.subject West Germany en
dc.subject Census en
dc.subject Foucault en
dc.subject Governmentality en
dc.title Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2008.12.001
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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