An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and by Martin Jones

By Martin Jones

An creation to Political Geography maintains to supply a broad-based advent to modern political geography for college students following undergraduate measure classes in geography and comparable matters.

The text explores the entire breadth of latest political geography, masking not just conventional issues comparable to the kingdom, geopolitics, electoral geography and nationalism; but additionally expanding vital parts on the state-of-the-art of political geography examine together with globalization, the geographies of rules and governance, geographies of coverage formula and supply, and subject matters on the intersection of political and cultural geography, together with the politics of position intake, landscapes of energy, citizenship, identification politics and geographies of mobilization and resistance.

This moment edition builds at the strengths of the 1st. the most adjustments and improvements are:

  • four new chapters on: political geographies of globalization, geographies of empire, political geography and the surroundings and geopolitics and significant geopolitics
  • significant updating and revision of the prevailing chapters to debate key advancements, drawing on contemporary educational contributions and political events
  • new case stories, drawing on a growing number of foreign and worldwide examples
  • additional bins for key recommendations and an enlarged glossary. 

As with the 1st variation, wide use is made up of case learn examples, illustrations, explanatory packing containers, courses to additional studying and a word list of key words to give the fabric in an simply available demeanour. via employment of those concepts this book introduces scholars to contributions from quite a number social and political theories within the context of empirical case learn examples. by means of supplying a simple advent to such innovations and pointing to pathways into extra expert fabric, this publication serves either as a middle textual content for first- and moment- yr classes in political geography, and as a source along supplementary textbooks for extra professional 3rd 12 months courses.

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2 GOVERNMENTALITY Governmentality is associated with the work of Michel Foucault and is essentially concerned with the problem of how government renders society governable (Foucault 1991; Rose 1993). ‘Classical governmentality’ hence involves both the description and problematisation of society, and the putting in place of techniques and mechanisms to respond to the problems identified. However, Foucault also proposed a second, more historically specific, meaning of governmentality which ‘marks the emergence of a distinctly new form of thinking about and exercising power in certain societies’ (Dean 1999: 19; see also Foucault 1991).

5 SMUGGLING AND STATE TERRITORIALITY: THE BORDER BETWEEN GHANA AND TOGO The practice of smuggling is intimately bound up with state territoriality. By definition, smuggling depends on the organisation of the state: without state borders, smuggling would not have a reason to exist, since it is the act of illicitly transporting or trading goods, services or information across borders that constitutes the criminal offence of smuggling. In one way, therefore, smuggling helps to reinforce the importance of state boundaries.

It is international trade, such as this, linking a European core with an African, Asian and American periphery, that symbolises most clearly Wallerstein’s (1974) notion of a capitalist world economy organised around the former’s economic and political needs. Clearly, therefore, the economic geographies of trade were crucial to the development and sustenance of European empires.

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