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The geography of global governance and the spatial dimension of controlling dissent

This paper lays out the theoretical relevance of spatial dimensions in the control of dissent by drawing on recent innovations in social geography, political theory and philosophy.


The control of bodies, both from inside and outside, and the incapacitation of movements are revealed as the central objectives of the governance of protest space. Various tools are available for conceptualizing the spatial control of dissent: the selection of the location and the re-mapping of the spatial surrounding; tools for dividing space, and tools for dividing time; tools for controlling movement; and tools for separating protestors from each other. These analytical perspectives are applied to a set of summit protests in the US and Europe. Thereby, we highlight the transnationalization of these tools for governing space through the creation of policing standards and the institutionalization of experiential knowledge exchange.