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Faculty of ManagementUniversity of TampereSchool of Management
Space and Political Agency

 Reseach in SPARG is organized through four research streams

State and the spaces of political agency
This stream aims to overcome national/international dichotomy in the analysis of professional practices. A key question is how transnational fields are constituted as influential political realities under globalization. In analytical terms, this work looks into various professional practices that have a transnational dimension, with focus on the ways in which actors rather than levels of action interact. A major aim is to understand the social dynamism of transnationalization and demonstrate the specific effects that transnational fields have on social and political practices.

Citizenship and networks of governance
This stream studies the ways in which contemporary modes of governance operate by producing territorial frames for their objects of governance. An interesting question is how these territories effect citizen's possibility to politicize issues and act as citizens in relation to governmental practices operating on various scales. This work seeks to analyze how administrative territories are defined, on what grounds, and what is the citizen's political leverage under increasingly supra-local decision making.

Forced displacement, humanitarian migration and the experience of place
This stream seeks to analyze the forced displacement and humanitarian migration from the points of view of spatial belonging and the politics of memory. The research targets politics embedded in different performative practices by people in vulnerable positions (asylum seekers, children and youth, sans-papiers, and other subaltern groups). A key question is what conditions and enables performative politics in situations of forced displacement.

Spatial socialization and subject formation
This stream analyzes processes through which people become members of and agents in their political worlds. In this regard, political subjectivity is a key concept in bridging the processes of socialization and subject formation through people's active involvement in matters they consider important. Subjectivity is understood as intersubjectively constituted and spatially contextual. In practical terms, the research targets people in situations characterized by moments that are formative of political subjectivity, and that thus require people to become attentive to their geosocial and political positionality.


 
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