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Political Geography

Political Geography
Approaches, Concepts, Futures

November 2023 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This innovative and thought-provoking text will teach you about the diverse and increasingly expansive sub-discipline of geopolitics. Divided into three sections, Political Geography draws on case studies from a diverse range of scales, contexts, and demographics, to introduce you to the key approaches, concepts, and futures of geopolitics. 

You will cover an extensive range of key topics in Political Geography, from feminist geopolitics to non-human worlds, and nationalism to peace and resistance. Throughout this first edition you will apply various theoretical lenses, utilise a wide range of examples both past and present, and draw on cutting edge scholarship to reinvigorate your understanding of important themes such as the state, borders, and territory.

Based on the award-winning course at RHUL, Politcal Geography includes a variety of sites, spaces, materials, and images alongside ‘In the field’ tips, ideas for practical dissertation research, and tasks to facilitate active follow-on learning. Case studies, key terms, key questions and learning exercises, and annotated readings are included throughout every chapter to aid understanding and help you to engage and reflect on the content.

Designed as a core text for undergraduates and an introductory text for postgraduates with an interest in Political Geography.

Rachael Squire is lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London
Anna Jackman is lecturer in Human Geography at University of Reading 
Chapter 1: Political Geography: Approaches, concepts, futures
Chapter 2: Situating Political Geography: Tracing the emergence of the sub-discipline
Chapter 3: Feminist geopolitics: Sites, spaces, scales
Chapter 4:. Decolonising: Dismantling architectures of privilege
Chapter 5: Non-human worlds: From objects to animals
Chapter 6: Popular Geopolitics: Shaping geopolitical imaginations
Chapter 7: States and territory: Heights, depths and thinking ‘volume’
Chapter 8: Borders: From state lines to the body
Chapter 9: Nationalism: Flags, fears, and fictions
Chapter 10: Mobilities: Geopolitics in motion
Chapter 11: Violence: Practice and experience
Chapter 12: Peace and resistance: Decentring war
Chapter 13: Surveillance: Geographies of digital space and life
Chapter 14: Crisis and hope: Thinking with geopolitical futures

Squire and Jackman have produced the fresh take on political geography for which undergraduates have been waiting. Political geography is more than ever in the news, and students looking for the conceptual tools to make sense of it need look no further: from decolonisation movements, to our relationships to technology and the digital, to the contestation of popular culture, this book has it all. And crucially, it has hope – something that can be in short supply these days.

Jason Dittmer

This impressive textbook makes important and complex ideas understandable and interesting. By presenting pressing topics of violence and inequality alongside hopeful resources for peaceful and sustainable futures it strikes the delicate balance between political urgency and pastoral sensitivity.

Nick Megoran
Newcastle University

This is the must-read textbook for any student studying Political Geography. Exploring how power, politics and space shape our complex world, this cutting-edge textbook takes geopolitics to unexpected and exciting places. Through an exciting range of case studies, Political Geography clearly guides students through the key themes, ideas and concepts that underpin the subdiscipline.

Sarah Hughes
Northumbria Univeristy

Excellent source for teaching political geographies in an undergraduate class, short but informative chapters, very good for students to read and prepare

Dr Elisabeth Militz
Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck
May 15, 2024

Rachael Squire

Dr Rachael Squire is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research draws on feminist geopolitics to explore questions relating to the sea, territory, volume, and most recently earth futures and Anthropocene geographies. Rachael has published in a range of journals in addition to her monograph Undersea Geopolitics: Sealab, Science, and the Cold War. Her most recent work explores the political, cultural, and social geographies of public aquariums in a time of environmental crisis. More About Author

Anna Jackman

Dr Anna Jackman is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Reading. Anna is a feminist political geographer interested in technological visibilities, volumes, relations and futures. Her research approaches these issues through the lens of the drone, exploring the ‘unmanning’ of everyday, urban and military life in the drone age. Anna’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded research project ‘Diversifying Drone Stories’ engaged with a range of stakeholders (including emergency services, lawyers, industry, local authorities, pilots, and members of the public) to explore the diverse use, perception, and impact of drones... More About Author

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