State Without Territory. A legal-political heresy

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Abstract

Sovereign, territorial, nation state form has imposed itself globally. Nevertheless, as Carl Schmitt points out: «Statehood is not a universal concept, valid for all times and all peoples». In other words, state is not the only possible way to establish a relationship between space, humanity and power. This paper intends to historicise the current geopolitical paradigm and drafting a heresy of the public law doctrine: a State Without Territory, a diasporic political community reclaiming some of the traditional government functions. In order to rethink the state concept, a pattern that shapes and affects so strongly both external reality and our minds, a methodology is needed. The author proposes the Otherwise Method: a laboratory of legal-political imagination that uses a deconstructive and operative epistemological approach. This practice aspires to enlarge the sphere of possibilities by imagining how social constructs could be otherwise.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteThe Anarchist Critique of the State, the Law and Authority
Numero di pagine60
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

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