In our response, we address two themes that appear in several of the commentaries. First, we elaborate on our decision to maintain a focus on the ocean, rather than turning to a term that speaks more clearly to geographic categories (e.g. the sea), elemental foundations (e.g. water), earth-system processes (e.g. the hydrosphere). Secondly, we address the critique that, in our effort to highlight the ocean’s geophysical liveliness, we may overlook the ocean’s liveliness as a space continually made through human and more-than-human encounters, cultural understandings and histories.
Steinberg, P., & Peters, K. (2019). Cross-currents and undertows: A response. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(3), 333-338. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820619879521