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The Birth of Territory$
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Stuart Elden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226202563

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226041285.001.0001

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Coda Territory as a Political Technology

Coda Territory as a Political Technology

(p.322) Coda Territory as a Political Technology
The Birth of Territory

Stuart Elden

University of Chicago Press

The book’s conclusion discusses state practices and techniques of cartography, surveying and statistics and looks at examples from many particular histories of states and their territories. It therefore outlines ways in which territory came to be understood and practiced as a political technology: it comprises techniques for measuring land and controlling terrain, and we must therefore think measure and control—the technical and the legal—alongside the economic and strategic. This political technology is one of the means by which we can understand the emergence and development of the modern state.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, political technology, territory, the state, cartography, land surveying, statistics

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