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Chapter 4: Territory and Place
Territory and Place
Introduction: Mapping the Terrain of Territory
Terra means land, earth, nourishment, sustenance; it conveys the sense of a sustaining medium, solid, fading off into indefiniteness. But the form of the word, the OED says, suggests that it derives from terrere, meaning to frighten, to terrorize. And Territorium is a “place from which people are warned.” Perhaps these two contending derivations continue to occupy territory today. To occupy a territory is to receive sustenance and to exercise violence. Territory is land occupied by violence. (Connolly, 1996: 144)
Our daily news bulletins are often dominated by stories about territorial struggles of one kind or another, whether it is disputed national boundaries in the global arena, or a local neighbourhood dispute as ...