Provincializing and Localizing Core-Periphery Relations
The paper engages with core-periphery conceptions because they are a useful Denkfigur in a time of increasing global interconnectedness. I argue that the coreperiphery metaphor is a useful one because it provides us with a relational tool of analysis and at the same time with a focus on asymmetric power relations. But it also has some serious limitations, such as a tendency to be over-deterministic and to be too global in scale. In order to address these limitations, I suggest rescaling Prebisch, Amin and Wallerstein's global conception of core and periphery to the local scale. I hold that we need to "provincialize" the core-periphery metaphor, to borrow Chakrabarty's (2000) famous term, and to make the agency of local actors more relevant to our understanding of political dynamics in the MENA region. This paper sketches how "provincialized" and "localized" ways of using the core-periphery metaphor could look. This part builds on the main ideas Malika Bouziane, Anja Hoffmann and I developed in the introduction to our volume Local Politics and Contemporary Transformations in the Arab World, as well as my approach of a "state analysis from below."
Except where otherwise noted, all content on the META website and its metadata are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (human-readable summary).
Authors who submit an article to META allow the journal upon successful peer-review to publish it under a CC-BY license. This means authors hold the copyright and retain publishing rights without restrictions. Authors grant the journal the right of first publication while others are allowed to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in META journal.
Generally, submission to META journal represents original work. Reprints of contributions already published elsewhere may be accepted if it is a translated work from non-English languages, in particular Arabic, Turkish, and Persian. However, in case the submitting person is not the copyright owner it must be assured that the copyright owner allows the reprint. Reprints will be published by META with reference to the place of first publication.
In general, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to use any previously published and/or copyrighted material.