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Paasi, A. (2021), Problematizing ‘Bordering, Ordering, and Othering’ as Manifestations of Socio‐Spatial Fetishism. Tijds. voor econ. en Soc. Geog., 112: 18-25.

Problematizing ‘bordering, ordering, and othering’ as manifestations of socio‐spatial fetishism

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Author: Paasi, Anssi1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Box 3000, 90014, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-06-03


This paper will re‐examine and reflect critically Henk van Houtum and Ton van Naerssen’s paper ‘Bordering, Ordering and Othering’ that came out in a related theme issue in TESG in 2002. My first goal is to contextualise their paper into the debates on borders/bordering that began to flourish at the turn of the millennium and have emerged since then. I will then evaluate the enduring significance of this text and discuss the geohistory of othering. My final intention is to push their ideas further and to problematise the processes of bordering, ordering and othering as ideological and material manifestations of socio‐spatial fetishism that often conceal power relations and the alternatives for challenging and transcending these processes.

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Series: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
ISSN: 0040-747X
ISSN-E: 1467-9663
ISSN-L: 0040-747X
Volume: 112
Issue: 1
Pages: 18 - 25
DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12422
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: Academy of Finland. Grant Number: RELATE CoE 307348.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 307348
Detailed Information: 307348 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 The Authors. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Dutch Geographical Society / Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.