Stuck in the Territorial Trap: How the transformation in the conception of political space led to the South China Sea rivalry of China and the Philippines

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Stuck in the Territorial Trap: How the transformation in the conception of political space led to the South China Sea rivalry of China and the Philippines

Type: Master thesis
Title: Stuck in the Territorial Trap: How the transformation in the conception of political space led to the South China Sea rivalry of China and the Philippines
Author: Rogando Sasot, Sass
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: South China Sea
China
Philippines
rivalry approach to conflict
constructivism
territoriality
Abstract: Departing from materialist understanding of the South China Sea conflict, this paper foregrounds the role of ideas in producing the rivalry between China and the Philippines. Guided by constructivist theory of international relations fused with the rivalry approach to conflict, this undertaking has shown how an intersubjective and institutionalised conception of space generated the rivalry. Three ideas are identified as consequential: new cartographic ideas which promoted linearly demarcated boundaries, sovereignty as the power to exclude non-citizens, and the territorialisation of the sea.
Supervisor: Wang, Z.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: International Studies
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52158
 

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