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Extreme geographies: a response from a dependent semi-periphery of the post-neoliberal Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



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We live in a time of paranoid borderism, a time of intense paranoia of the Other, and a time where the privileging of the nation state as the symbolic container of space, our territory, seems to have made a lurid return to the European continent. The consequences of this socio-spatial ordering and othering, the legacy of Euclidian thinking, and Cartesian models of knowing the world, can become an extreme geography: a form of cartographic cleansing that seriously needs to be addressed. In this short response to the Fennia Lecture given by Professor Henk van Houtum on Extreme Geographies, I offer a report from a region that has become a dependent semi-periphery of the new largely neoliberal Europe that emerged post-1989: a new Europe that is now entering a post-neoliberal era and is becoming increasingly neofascist. I draw from this region as a warning from history, and argue that the hopeful politics of the New Left in the former Yugoslavia provide an answer. The New Left, as it has been termed, in the Post-Yugoslav space, articulates the need for a new radically democratic European project: a project that is no longer neoliberal, but equally a project that does not turn to a nostalgic nationalism, a neofascism, or indeed any other form of authoritarian capitalism.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fennia

Year: 2017

Volume: 195

Issue: 1

Pages: 106-112

Print publication date: 20/06/2017

Online publication date: 20/06/2017

Acceptance date: 10/06/2017

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0015-0010

ISSN (electronic): 1798-5617

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura,Geographical Society of Finland


DOI: 10.11143/fennia.59633

Notes: Gold open access: fully open access journal


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