Line in the Sand: The Promises and Perils of Ordering the Ocean’s Edge


As thresholds between order and chaos, between “places” endowed with meaning and undifferentiated “spaces,” the ocean’s edges have long lured humans to inhabit them while invariably denying their efforts at their control. Looking at coasts, this paper reveals the extent to which unruliness occurs when the human need for stability negotiates with nature’s dynamism, highlighting how we will be forced to renegotiate our relationship with the sea.