March 29, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Political geographer John Agnew will give the talk, "Globalization and Sovereignty," on Friday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of International Relations and made possible through a generous gift provided by Chuck and Gail Dombeck.

Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California at Los Angeles, Agnew is the author of several books, including Globalization and Sovereignty (2009) and Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power (2005). Most recently he co-edited Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge (2010).

According to Agnew, globalization has been variously presented as the harbinger of the "end of history," "end of society," "end of state" and "end of geography." In this lecture, he takes issue with the assumption that globalization has tolled the death knell for the state or geography.

Questioning the territorial basis to state sovereignty, Agnew offers an alternative vision of four sovereignty regimes: classic, integrative, globalist and imperialist, each with different geographical characteristics.

Agnew calls these sovereignty regimes "effective sovereignty." As a result, he rejects the view that globalization is producing an homogenized world set to engender a single worldwide model of sovereignty.

Agnew also will meet with faculty reading groups during his visit to Bucknell.

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