Shifting Spatialities of Power: The Case of Australasian Aviation

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Weller, Sally Anne (2009) Shifting Spatialities of Power: The Case of Australasian Aviation. Geoforum, 40 (5). pp. 790-799. ISSN 0016-7185

Abstract

This paper explores how different modalities, spatialities and scales of power operate in a geopolitical context. By tracing the dynamic and shifting economic geographies of state and firm power in the events leading up to the collapse of a major Australian firm, Ansett Airlines, it reveals the difference that place and position make to the creation and use of power. The paper stresses agents’ relational positioning, their ‘places’ in multiple networks of association and the ways in which their past actions and visions of the future condition their strategic options. The paper contextualises the workings of power and explores how power relationships are re-configured in specific contested events. It concludes that power cannot be separated from the spatial and temporal dimensions of actual contexts, from actor’s positions in contexts, or from their strategic objectives

Item type Article
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4685
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Current > FOR Classification > 1604 Human Geography
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Keywords ResPubID17946. corporate failure, firm strategy, Australasian aviation, Ansett Airlines collapse, spatialising power, shifting power
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