1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space

    466 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Invisible as the seas and oceans may be for so many of us, life as we know it is almost always connected to, and constituted by, activities and occurrences that take place in, on and under our oceans. The Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space provides a first port of call for scholars engaging in the ‘oceanic turn’ in the social sciences, offering a comprehensive summary of existing trends in making sense of our water worlds, alongside new, agenda-setting insights into the relationships between society and the ‘seas around us’.  Accordingly, this ambitious text not only attends to a growing interest in our oceans, past and present; it is also situated in a broader spatial turn across the social sciences that seeks to account for how space and place are imbricated in socio-cultural and political life.

    Through six clearly structured and wide-ranging sections, The Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space examines and interrogates how the oceans are environmental, historical, social, cultural, political, legal and economic spaces, and also zones where national and international security comes into question.  With a foreword and introduction authored by some of the leading scholars researching and writing about ocean spaces, alongside 31 further, carefully crafted chapters from established as well as early career academics, this book provides both an accessible guide to the subject and a cutting-edge collection of critical ideas and questions shaping the social sciences today.

    This handbook brings together the key debates defining the ‘field’ in one volume, appealing to a wide, cross-disciplinary social science and humanities audience. Moreover, drawing on a range of international examples, from a global collective of authors, this book promises to be the benchmark publication for those interested in ocean spaces, past and present. Indeed, as the seas and oceans continue to capture world-wide attention, and the social sciences continue their seaward ‘turn’, The Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space will provide an invaluable resource that reveals how our world is a water world.

    Section 1: Ocean Approaches, Ocean Perspectives

    1. Introduction: Placing and Situating Ocean Space(s)

    Jon Anderson, Andrew Davies, Kimberley Peters and Philip Steinberg

    Section 2: Ocean Frameworks, Ocean Knowledges

    2. Mapping: Measuring, Modelling and Monitoring the Oceans

    Jessica Lehman

    3. Science: Histories, Imaginations, Spaces

    Antony Adler

    4. Representation: Seapower and the Political Construction of the Ocean

    Basil Germond

    5. Empire: Towards Errant and Interlocking Maritime Spaces of Power

    Andrew Davies

    6. Frontiers: Ocean Epistemologies: Privatise, Democratise, Decolonise

    Leesa Fawcett, Elizabeth Havice and Anna Zalik

    7. Culture: Indigenous Māori Knowledges of the Ocean and Leisure Practices

    Jordan Waiti and Belinda Wheaton

    Section 3: Ocean Economies, Ocean Labour

    8. Fishing: Livelihoods and Territorialisation of Ocean Space

    Madeleine Gustavsson and Edward H Allison

    9. Planning: Seeking to Coordinate the Use of Marine Space

    Stephen Jay

    10. Docking: Maritime Ports in the Making of the Global Economy

    Charmaine Chua

    11. Containers: The Shipping Container as Spatial Standard

    Matthew Heins

    12. Seafarers: The Force that Moves the Global Economy

    Maria Borovnik

    13. (De)Growth: The Right to the Sea

    Maria Hadjimichael

    14. Resources: Feminist Geopolitics of Ocean Imaginaries and Resource Securitisation

    Amanda Thomas, Sophie Bond and Gradon Diprose

    Section 4: Ocean Histories, Ocean Politics

    15. Security: Pragmatic Spaces and the Maritime Security Agenda

    Christian Bueger

    16. Navies: Military Security and the Oceans

    Duncan Depledge

    17. Discipline: Beyond the Ship as Total Institution

    Isaac Land

    18. Protest: Contested Hierarchies and Grievances of the Sea

    Paul Griffin

    19. Solidarities: Oceanic Spaces and Internationalisms from Below

    David Featherstone

    20. Migration: Security and Humanitarianism across the Mediterranean Border

    Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani and Maurice Stierl

    Section 5: Ocean Experiences, Ocean Engagements

    21. Writing: Literature and the Sea

    Stephanie Jones

    22. Imaginaries: Art, Film, and the Scenography of Oceanic Worlds

    Greer Crawley, Emma Critchley and Mariele Neudecker

    23. Swimming: Immersive Encounters in the Ocean

    Ronan Foley

    24. Surfing: The What, Where, How, and Why of Wild Surfing

    Jon Anderson

    25. Sailing: The Ocean Around and Within Us

    Mike Brown

    26. Diving: Leisure, Lively Encounters, and Work Underwater

    Elizabeth R. Straughan

    Section 6: Ocean Environments, Ocean Worlds

    27. Depth: Discovering, ‘Mastering’, Exploring the Deep

    Rachael Squire

    28. Life: Ethical, Extractive and Geopolitical Intimacies with Nonhuman Marine Life

    Elizabeth R Johnson

    29. Waves: The Measure of All Waves

    Stefan Helmreich

    30. Hydrosphere: Water and the Making of Earth Knowledge

    Jeremy J Schmidt

    31. Ice: Elements, Geopolitics, Law and Popular Culture

    Klaus Dodds

    32. Islands: Reclaimed: Singapore, Space and the Sea

    Satya Savitzky


    Kimberley Peters leads the Marine Governance Research Group at the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB), a collaboration between the University of Oldenburg and Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany.

    Jon Anderson is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK.

    Andrew Davies is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool, and is Co-Director of the Centre for Port and Maritime History, a collaborative Centre run by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, UK and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

    Philip Steinberg is Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, UK where he is Director of IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research and the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC).