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Re-inhabiting no-man's land : genealogies, political life and critical agendas.

Leshem, Noam and Pinkerton, Alasdair (2016) 'Re-inhabiting no-man's land : genealogies, political life and critical agendas.', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers., 41 (1). pp. 41-53.


This article sets out to answer a seemingly simple question: what is no-man's land? By positing this question, we aim to problematise the taken-for-granted status of no-man's land and its proliferation as a convenient colloquialism that is applied to a vast set of spaces, material conditions and socio-political circumstances. Despite its popular association with the killing fields of the First World War, no-man's land is considered here as a rich analytical category, which resonates in a broader historical and intellectual corpus. We present a conceptual framework for the study of no-man's land as a space produced by simultaneous forces of abandonment and enclosure. The analysis explores the function of no-man's lands as a critical quality that bears on concrete spatio-political realities. In doing so, we aim to open up future research avenues that will further deepen the conceptual and analytical challenges of no-man's lands in the 21st century.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Leshem, N. and Pinkerton, A. (2016), Re-inhabiting no-man's land: genealogies, political life and critical agendas. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 41(1): 41-53, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:03 August 2015
Date deposited:15 March 2016
Date of first online publication:19 October 2015
Date first made open access:19 October 2017

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