Making Political Geography

Making Political Geography

by John Agnew
     
 

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Dating from its inception in the late nineteenth century, political geography as a field has been heavily influenced by global events of the time. Thus, rather than trying to impose a single “fashionable” theory, leading geographers John Agnew and Luca Muscarà consider the underlying role of changing geopolitical context as their framework for

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Dating from its inception in the late nineteenth century, political geography as a field has been heavily influenced by global events of the time. Thus, rather than trying to impose a single “fashionable” theory, leading geographers John Agnew and Luca Muscarà consider the underlying role of changing geopolitical context as their framework for understanding the evolution of the discipline. The authors trace the development of key thinkers and theories during three distinct periods—1875–1945, the Cold War, and the post–Cold War—emphasizing the ongoing struggle between theoretical “monism” and “pluralism,” or one path to knowledge versus many.

The world has undergone dramatic shifts since the book’s first publication in 2002, and this thoroughly revised and updated second edition focuses especially on reinterpretations of the post–Cold War period. Agnew and Muscarà explore the renewed questioning of international borders, the emergence of the Middle East and displacement of Europe as the center of global geopolitics, the rise of China and other new powers, the reappearance of environmental issues, and the development of critical geopolitics. With its deeply knowledgeable and balanced history and overview of the field, this concise work will be a valuable and flexible text for all courses in political geography.

Editorial Reviews

Anssi Paasi
This informative and well-written book carefully scrutinizes both the complex history of political geography and the contemporary challenges the field faces in a globalizing world. Offering current and versatile examples, the authors usefully problematize how politics, identities, and power relations are informed by geography and how geography is in turn informed by politics. This will be a major text for both students and researchers of political geography.
Gerard Toal
This engaging book uses the revealing history of Political Geography to explore a broader canvas of geopolitics and politically framed geographic knowledge from the imperialist age through the Cold War to the present. Illustrated with fascinating vignettes and everyday examples, this is an ideal text with which to think through the vertiginous dilemmas of our time. If Political Geography had an app, this would be it.
From the Publisher
...this is an excellent book. Agnew has full control of the literature, and the historical chapters are well conceived. The writing is clear, and the case studies apposite and well depicted.
THES

A good book to guide students in the study of political geography. Agnew's non-state centred analysis is particularly interesting, and so are the parts devoted to national elections, and regional perspectives.
Societe Royal Belge De Geographie ASBL

Progress In Human Geography
A compelling book which inquires into the history of the subfield and sketches the intellectual horizon of the future of political geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442212312
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
7 MB

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Meet the Author

John Agnew is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Luca Muscarà is associate professor of political geography at the University of Molise, Italy.

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