Dr. Cooke is a professor of Arabic literature at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708–0505.
MEDITERRANEAN THINKING: FROM NETIZEN TO MEDIZEN*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
1999 American Geographical Society
Volume 89, Issue 2, pages 290–300, April 1999
How to Cite
COOKE, M. (1999), MEDITERRANEAN THINKING: FROM NETIZEN TO MEDIZEN. Geographical Review, 89: 290–300. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1999.tb00220.x
I would like to thank members of the Duke Mediterranean Study Group for their feedback on this article. In particular, I am grateful to Roberto Dainotto and Eric Zakim for their intelligent reading of earlier versions and their insightful suggestions.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
ABSTRACT. The Mediterranean has traditionally been approached from a geographical and historical perspective that has collapsed the material and political differences between water and land. This conflation has been instrumental in homogenizing the diversity of this interregional arena and turning it into a geopolitical area. Aquacentric thinking brings such approaches to the Mediterranean into question. Cybertheory, which despatializes interaction and helps us think of water as place, is applied to the Mediterranean to bring its multiplicity into dialogue and to explore the possibility of creating a new epistemology of place. Mediter-raneanizing cybertheory introduces diachronicity into theories of simultaneity.