Governing Maritime Space: The South China Sea as a Mediterranean Cultural Area

東南亞研究中心 South East Asian Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong Working Paper Series No. 152

24 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2014 Last revised: 24 Oct 2017

Date Written: April 1, 2014

Abstract

Whereas many institutions are in place to govern urban and rural land, maritime areas are less well covered. This situation of a “governance void” has led to uncertainty and conflicts. Thus the South China Sea has become a contested maritime space. In this paper the cultural theory of Oswald Spengler will be applied to stress the importance of conceptions of space as a basis for maritime governance. By comparing it to other maritime spaces, like the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea, lessons will be drawn from the “longue durée” of history, as analysed by French historian Fernand Braudel. Embedded in this larger theoretical framework special attention will be placed on the Malay and Javanese Nusantara conception of maritime space and its implication for governing the South China Sea.

Keywords: South China Sea, maritime studies, maritime law, UNCLOS, maritime economy, culture, resources, conflict, conceptions of space, China, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia

Suggested Citation

Evers, Hans-Dieter, Governing Maritime Space: The South China Sea as a Mediterranean Cultural Area (April 1, 2014). 東南亞研究中心 South East Asian Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong Working Paper Series No. 152. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2485748

Hans-Dieter Evers (Contact Author)

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Bangi, Selangor D.E. 43600
Malaysia
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