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Mediterranean in Dis/order

Space, Power, and Identity

Subjects: Political Science, Governance, Political Theory
Paperback : 9780472055838, 324 pages, 5 figures, 1 table, 6 x 9, March 2023
Hardcover : 9780472075836, 324 pages, 5 figures, 1 table, 6 x 9, March 2023
Open Access : 9780472903160, 324 pages, 5 figures, 1 table, 6 x 9, March 2023

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Multidisciplinary rethinking of space and power

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction - Framing the Mediterranean (dis)order: epistemologies and theoretical perspectives (Rosita Di Peri and Daniel Meier)
Chapter 1 - Filling the urban space after authoritarianism: The evolution of religious charitable activities in Tunisia (Ester Sigillò)
Chapter 2 - The “apple of discord”: spatial transgressions, significations, and re-appropriations in (and on) Mount Lebanon from a mobilization of apple growers (1965) (Rossana Tufaro)
Chapter 3 - Libya’s sovereignty fragmentation (Debora Malito and Muhammad Dan Suleiman)
Chapter 4 - Inside and outside Lebanese universities: the youth network Mada against sectarianism (Valeria Sartori and Rosita Di Peri)
Chapter 5 - Migration policy instruments as spatial practices: geopolitical space making in the EU’s Southern Neighborhood (Federica Zardo)
Chapter 6 - (Re)ordering migrants: Immobility in transition at the EU-Turkish border (Chiara Maritato)
Chapter 7 - Italy and Libya in bordering practices: A case of institutionalized informalization (Chiara Loschi)
Chapter 8 - Spaces, conflicts and political reconfigurations: Syrian migrations to Morocco (Fanny Faccenda)
Chapter 9 - Filming contested spaces in post-war Lebanon (Thomas Richard)
Chapter 10 - Heterotopias in Lebanon: The Rashid Karameh International Fair in Tripoli (Francesco Mazzucotelli)
Chapter 11 - From public space re-appropriation to local democracy implementation in post-Revolution Tunisia (Chiara Sebastiani)
Conclusion - The politics of a transforming Mediterranean space: a liminality perspective (Daniela Huber)
List of Contributors


Mediterranean in Dis/order reveals the connection between space and politics by examining the role that space has played in insurgencies, conflicts, uprisings, and mobilities in the Mediterranean region. With this approach, the authors are able to challenge well-established beliefs about the power structure of the state across different disciplines (including political science, history, sociology, geography, and anthropology), and its impact on the conception, production, and imagination of space in the broader Mediterranean. Further, they contribute to particular areas of studies, such as migration, political Islam, mobilization, and transition to democracy, among others. The book, infusing critical theory, unveils original and revelatory case studies in Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, and the EU Mediterranean policy, through a various set of actors and practices—from refugees and migrations policies, to Islamist or students’ movements, architectural sites, or movies. This multidisciplinary perspective on space and power provides a valuable resource for practitioners interested in how space, context, and time interact to produce institutions, political subjectivities, and asymmetries of power, particularly since the turning point of the Arab uprisings. The book also helps readers understand the conditions under which the uprisings develop, giving a clearer picture about various national, regional, and international dynamics.

Rosita Di Peri is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Torino.

Daniel Meier is Associate Lecturer at the School of Political Studies (IEP), Grenoble.

“This book highlights and interrogates the link between space and politics and explores the spatial dimensions of insurgencies, conflicts, uprisings, and mobilities in the Mediterranean.”

- Tamirace Fakhoury, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University; Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair, Sciences Po, Paris

Mediterranean in Dis/order offers an innovative scheme to rethink the relation between space and power in the broader Mediterranean region. In doing so, it proposes meaningful objectives that challenge a number of well-established beliefs about the region.”

- Lorenzo Kamel, University of Turin

"The book has important implications for how we think about liminal spaces and for broader issues shaping global politics."

- International Affairs, Simone Tholens