Beyond the Sea: Reviewing the Manifold Dimensions of Water as Barrier and Bridge (Paperback)

Beyond the Sea: Reviewing the Manifold Dimensions of Water as Barrier and Bridge By Marta Grzechnik (Editor), Heta Hurskainen (Editor), Boris Dunsch (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Marta Grzechnik (Editor), Heta Hurskainen (Editor), Boris Dunsch (Contribution by)
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The dominant narratives about the seas and maritime regions in European societies have usually placed them at the periphery, distant from the social and political centres, and often perceived as empty spaces akin to deserts: they could be crossed but not used. Therefore, most categories to examine societies have been designed from a land-oriented perspective and with the focus on land-based societies. Changing this perspective and putting the sea - the periphery - in the centre challenges traditional narratives, leading to new, enriching interpretations. Following this path, this volume re-envisions water beyond its immanent physical character - as a space ascribed with various roles and functions, both bridging and dividing: a borderland of communication, a space to govern and to invest with symbolic meaning.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783412222932
ISBN-10: 3412222933
Publisher: Bohlau Verlag
Publication Date: November 19th, 2014
Pages: 269
Language: German