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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-28T03:54:24Z
dc.date.available2019-03-28T03:54:24Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn0962-6298
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.polgeo.2016.02.002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/99693
dc.description.abstractMore than ‘regional integration’, the ‘power shift’ towards China and ‘Asia’ has come to dominate the debates about the Asia-Pacific and global order. As the maritime sphere is the centre stage on which this shift unfolds, East Asian seas have become highly dangerous and divisive in the minds of politicians, bureaucrats and scholars alike. Therefore, analysing international politics through the prism of maritime politics enables us to gain deeper understanding of how socio-economic change such as it undergirds the ‘rise of China’ alters political orders. The perspective including two of China's closest neighbours, Japan and South Korea, is particularly useful for transcending the limiting frames of conventional theorizing. Discourse analysis of maritime politics reveals how governments have stepped up their efforts to secure or ‘stabilize’ the moving boundaries of the current political order. This happened through the production of danger and concomitant disciplining of thinking about acceptable alternates to that order in three dimensions. First, East Asian seas are seen as borderlands between the civilized modern society and uncivilized wild nature, to be developed. Second, the seas coincide with the political boundaries among China, Japan and South Korea and their safeguarding is imperative for the preservation of official narratives of national unity. Third, the delineation between ‘East’ and ‘West’ that cuts across the ocean makes East Asian seas borderlands among civilizations to be secured. This understanding of change suggests that the future of order depends much more on governments' ability to reconstitute their states' social bases than the current debates of power shift and regionalism acknowledge.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom76
dc.relation.ispartofpageto85
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPolitical Geography
dc.relation.ispartofvolume53
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman Geography not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman Geography
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160499
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1604
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.titleSecuring the seas, securing the state: Hope, danger and the politics of order in the Asia-Pacific
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of International Business and Asian Studies
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorWirth, Christian


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