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Pipeline Geopolitics: Subaquatic Materials and the Tactical Point

Barry, A; Gambino, E; (2020) Pipeline Geopolitics: Subaquatic Materials and the Tactical Point. Geopolitics , 25 (1) pp. 109-142. 10.1080/14650045.2019.1570921. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper starts from the proposition that studies of geopolitics need to address the political significance of spaces above and below the apparently twodimensional or flat surface of the land and sea. However, we depart from the view that such spaces should be defined by their verticality or conceived as three-dimensional volumes. Instead, the argument stresses the importance of attending to the relations between physical and biological things, and the ways in which the proximity of things is both mediated and supplemented by legal, and scientific and political practice. The empirical focus of the paper is a specific geopolitical puzzle. How did a short section of the route of a transnational gas pipeline, the 3500km Southern Gas Corridor, come to be a site or ‘tactical point’ at which the construction of the pipeline could be disrupted? Our contention is that any analysis of this political question must address not only the contested relations between states, corporations and civil society, but also the potential tension and interference between the horizontal networked geopolitics of pipelines and their subaquatic and subterranean construction. The subaquatic turns out not to be volume but a space of situated encounters between disparate materials.

Type: Article
Title: Pipeline Geopolitics: Subaquatic Materials and the Tactical Point
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2019.1570921
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2019.1570921
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069865
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