Geometries: From analogy to performativity

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This chapter explores the increasing use of mathematical metaphors - particularly geometry and topology - in social science research about space, place and location. It looks at the history of how these terms have been used in mathematics and how the concepts of geometry and topology have been deployed in governance in order to look more closely at how these ideas have affected the materiality of how people live in their three dimensional world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVoluminous States : Sovereignty, Materiality, and the Territorial Imagination
EditorsFranck Billé
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationDurham
PublisherDuke University Press
Publication date1 Aug 2020
ISBN (Print)978-1-4780-0791-3, 978-1-4780-0842-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4780-1206-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Topology
  • Geometry
  • Anthropology
  • Location
  • Borders

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