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Editorial: The Ocean as Frontier

Steinberg, P.

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This editorial explores how the concept of the frontier calls attention to the ocean as a space of both opening and closure. Whilst the new opportunities suggested by a frontier imply an opening, the realisation of these opportunities typically requires a degree of (en)closure. At the same time, however, because spaces like the ocean cannot easily be enclosed by existing political institutions, the frontier opens new spaces for regulatory and, ultimately, ethical innovations. In short, while there is much to be concerned about in the opening of the ocean as a "frontier", this opening also presents political opportunities.


Steinberg, P. (2018). Editorial: The Ocean as Frontier. International Social Science Journal, 68(229-230), 237-240.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2018
Publication Date Sep 30, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2020
Journal International Social Science Journal
Print ISSN 0020-8701
Electronic ISSN 1468-2451
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 68
Issue 229-230
Pages 237-240


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This is the accepted version of the following article: Steinberg, P. (2018). Editorial: The Ocean as Frontier. International Social Science Journal 68(229-230): 237-240, 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.

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