Revista de Sociologia e Política
Print version ISSN 0104-4478
ESTEVES, Paulo. For a geneology of the sovereign territorial state. Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2006, n.27, pp. 15-32. ISSN 0104-4478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-44782006000200003.
Inspired by Michel Foucault´s geneological method, the present article analyzes the conditions of existence of the modern territorial State. This is a political form that emerged in the Classical Era (17th and 18th centuries) and prospered through the articulation of its own power regime: sovereignty. In this vein, this article argues that in the Classical Era, sovereignty was able to articulate power and knowledge within the same framework, producing a series of mechanisms, strategies and technologies of power that ended in the establishment of modes of knowing and acting in the world that had as ubiquituous reference the sovereign territorial state.
Keywords : International relations; international politics; sovereign territorial State; geneology; Classical Era.