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

By Martin Jones

An advent 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 complete breadth of latest political geography, overlaying not just conventional issues corresponding to the country, geopolitics, electoral geography and nationalism; but in addition expanding very important parts on the state-of-the-art of political geography examine together with globalization, the geographies of law and governance, geographies of coverage formula and supply, and issues 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 alterations and improvements are:

  • four new chapters on: political geographies of globalization, geographies of empire, political geography and the surroundings and geopolitics and demanding geopolitics
  • significant updating and revision of the present chapters to debate key advancements, drawing on fresh educational contributions and political events
  • new case reviews, drawing on increasingly more overseas and worldwide examples
  • additional containers for key recommendations and an enlarged glossary. 

As with the 1st version, broad use is made from case examine examples, illustrations, explanatory containers, publications to additional studying and a thesaurus of key words to offer the cloth in an simply available demeanour. via employment of those options this book introduces scholars to contributions from a number of social and political theories within the context of empirical case learn examples. by way of delivering a easy creation to such options and pointing to pathways into extra professional fabric, this publication serves either as a center textual content for first- and moment- 12 months classes in political geography, and as a source along supplementary textbooks for extra expert 3rd yr courses.

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For instance, of the forty-five peacekeeping missions carried out by the United Nations between 1948 and 1997, only nine were located outside Southern states (Held et al. 4 The geographies of state formation in Africa: the miraculous year of 1960 Source: adapted from Arnold (1989) 35 36 STATE, TERRITORY AND REGULATION 126–9). This clearly illustrates the greater potential for military instability and civil war in Southern states compared with ones within the states of the North. This means, in effect, that Southern states cannot maintain their physical dominance over all their territory.

This is not an isolated example of the close links between the internal and external geographies of the state. At a general level, for instance, it has been argued that many of the new means of governing that have been adopted in Northern states in recent years have been ‘borrowed’ from other, apparently successful, states. In the age of ‘fast policy transfer’, states are on the constant look-out for new and innovative policies and practices to adopt within their own territory (Peck 2001). These two brief examples demonstrate clearly how states should be viewed as crucial actors on the international stage.

1). The need for tax revenue had two main consequences. At one level, resistance to taxation could lead to increased surveillance of the population and the creation of a more repressive political regime. One could argue, for instance, that it is this resistance to war-induced taxation that – at root – explains the formation of the police forces that exist in all states, as well as the development of ever more detailed systems of law and order. Paradoxically, the need to sustain a war effort could lead to the political and civic emancipation of the citizens of a particular state.

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