A Companion to Political Geography / Edition 1

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A Companion to Political Geography presents students and researchers with a substantial survey of this active and vibrant field. Introduces the best thinking in contemporary political geography. Contributions written by scholars whose work has helped to shape the discipline. Includes work at the cutting edge of the field. Covers the latest theoretical developments.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book brings together some of the best writers currently working in political geography. It offers a wonderful array of challenging and provocative ideas. It pushes the boundaries of the subject by engaging with many of the key debates in contemporary social and political theory and research. Agnew, Mitchell and Toal are to be congratulated on setting an exciting and innovative agenda for the development of political geography in the future."
Joe Painter, University of Durham

"This is a book that simply exudes authority. It is an excellent buy that will satisfy a broad readership within and outside political geography from advanced undergraduate level upwards."
Simon Barrett, Reference Reviews

"I encourage anyone with an interest in political geography to purchase this book... There is a need for more books like this in political geography."
Progress in Human Geography

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Product Details

Meet the Author

John Agnew is Professor of Geography at UCLA. His books include Human Geography (Blackwell, 1996), The United States in the World Economy, and The Geography of the World Economy.

Katharyne Mitchell is Associate Professor at the University of Washington.

Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail) is Professor of Geography at Virginia Tech in Northern Virginia. His books include Critical Geopolitics and The Geopolitics Reader.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Modes of Thinking 11
2 Politics from Nature 13
3 Spatial Analysis in Political Geography 30
4 Radical Political Geographies 47
5 Feminist and Postcolonial Engagements 59
6 Geopolitical Themes and Postmodern Thought 75
Pt. II Essentially Contested Concepts 93
7 Power 95
8 Territory 109
9 Boundaries 123
10 Scale 138
11 Place 158
Pt. III Critical Geopolitics 171
12 Imperial Geopolitics 173
13 Geopolitics in Germany, 1919-45 187
14 Cold War Geopolitics 204
15 Postmodern Geopolitics 219
16 Anti-Geopolitics 236
Pt. IV States, Territory, and Identity 249
17 After Empire 251
18 Nation-states 271
19 Places of Memory 289
20 Boundaries in Question 302
21 Entreprenurial Geographies of Global-Local Governance 315
Pt. V Geographies of Political and Social Movements 335
22 Representative Democracy and Electoral Geography 337
23 Nationalism in a Democratic Context 356
24 Fundamentalist and Nationalist Religious Movements 378
25 Rights and Citizenship 393
26 Sexual Politics 408
Pt. VI Geographies of Environmental Politics 421
27 The Geopolitics of Nature 423
28 Green Geopolitics 440
29 Environmental Justice 455
30 Planetary Politics 470
Index 483
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