Political geographies of Mars : a history of Martian management
The task of this article is to provide an analysis of the uneven terrain of Martian political geographies in the context of western political economic trajectories. Focussing on debates over the nature of Mars’s legal status, the article attends to a key question, a question which has not yet been answered: should Mars be a terra communis—the common property of humanity, unavailable as private property--, a terra nullius—or space available for private property claims--, or a ‘cosmic park’ space of intrinsic value? That is, should Mars be claimable space, and if so, how could it be transformed into a possession, and by whom? By outlining arguments both for and against the idea of Mars as available for claiming and colonisation, the article demonstrates that when it comes to Mars, the historical processes of imperial and capitalist management and organisation of ‘new’ spaces are not the only options available for human’s relationships with Mars.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Mars, outer space, terraforming, space colonisation, critical legal geography|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
|Deposited On:||16 Jun 2009 15:27|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:05|
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