In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South

Müller, Martin. 2019. ‘In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South’. Geopolitics, Forthcoming

27 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2016 Last revised: 19 May 2018

Martin Müller

University of Lausanne

Date Written: April 4, 2018

Abstract

Carving up the world into Global North and Global South has become an established way of thinking about global difference since the end of the Cold War. This binary, however, erases what this paper calls the Global East – those countries and societies that occupy an interstitial position between North and South. This paper problematizes the geopolitics of knowledge that has resulted in the exclusion of the Global East, not just from the Global North and South, but from notions of globality in general. It argues that we need to adopt a strategic essentialism to recover the Global East for scholarship. To that end, it traces the global relations of IKEA’s bevelled drinking glass to demonstrate the urgency of rethinking the Global East at the heart of global connections, rather than separate from them. Thinking such a Global East as a liminal space complicates the notions of North and South towards more inclusive but also more uncertain theorising.

Keywords: Global North, Global South, Second World, postcolonialism, postsocialism, post communism, geopolitics of knowledge

Suggested Citation

Müller, Martin, In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South (April 4, 2018). Müller, Martin. 2019. ‘In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South’. Geopolitics, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2881296 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2881296

Martin Müller (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne ( email )

Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

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