Unmapping the 21st Century

Between Networks and the State

By Nicholas Michelsen and Neville Bolt

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529223743

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529223736

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529223750

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529223750

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Unmapping the 21st Century

The 21st century has been characterized by great turbulence, climate change, a global pandemic, and democratic decay.

Drawing on post-structural political theory, this book explores two dominant concepts used to make sense of our disturbed reality: the state and the network. The book explains how they are inextricably interwoven, while showing why they complicate the way we interpret our present.

In seeking a better understanding of today’s world, this book argues that we need to pull apart the familiar lines of our maps. By looking beneath and across these lines, an ‘unmapping’ presents new insights and opportunities for a better future.

“Through a wide-ranging work of remarkable erudition and sophisticated analysis, Michelsen and Bolt’s cartography of the present reveals the complex intertwining of hierarchies and networks that shapes our world.” Antoine Bousquet, Swedish Defence University

Nicholas Michelsen is Reader in International Relations and Director of Education in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Neville Bolt is Reader in Strategic Communications in the Department of War Studies and Director of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) at King’s College London.

Chapter 1: Taking the Lines off the Map

Chapter 2: A Great Unmapping

Chapter 3: Capitalism and Imperialism

Chapter 4: Thinking Like a State

Chapter 5: Bureaucracy and Power

Chapter 6: The Battle Swarm

Chapter 7: Information and the State

Chapter 8: Romance of Networks

Chapter 9: Borders and Impermanence

Conclusion