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Framing the Blue Economy: Placelessness, Development and Sustainability

Germond-Duret, C Framing the Blue Economy: Placelessness, Development and Sustainability. Development and Change. ISSN 0012-155X (Accepted)

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Abstract

This article aims at unravelling the wide acceptance and endorsement of the blue economy. It places the blue economy at the confluence of three discourses: placelessness of the sea; development; sustainability. These discourses, originating on land, spread to the marine realm spatially, narratively and normatively. To account for this process, the concept of horizontal reciprocity is introduced to characterise the relation that operates between land and sea and the projection of norms. It is part of a larger process of normalisation of the sea via its inclusion into the dominant model of economic development. Highlighting how the blue economy builds on and echoes these discourses enables an understanding of the challenges resulting from its narrative and practice. The blue economy requires and justifies governance of the maritime space; it opens up new economic and political possibilities and results in further knowledge creation and interventions (resulting in territorialisation of the sea). The discussion calls for further research to critically assess the connections between macro-discourses and local realities and address today’s challenges facing oceans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 14 Economics, 16 Studies in Human Society
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 09:36
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 09:36
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15544

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