The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography

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Kevin R Cox, Murray Low, Jennifer Robinson
SAGE, 18 de des. 2007 - 640 pàgines
"A thorough and absorbing tour of the sub-discipline... An essential acquisition for any scholar or teacher interested in geographical perspectives on political process."
- Sallie Marston, University of Arizona

"This unique book is a true encyclopedia of political geography."
- Vladimir Kolossov, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Vice President of the IGU

The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides a highly contextualised and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research in the field. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, the Handbook is divided into six sections:

  • Scope and Development of Political Geography: the geography of knowledge, conceptualisations of power and scale.
  • Geographies of the State: state theory, territory and central local relations, legal geographies, borders.
  • Participation and representation: citizenship, electoral geography, media public space and social movements.
  • Political Geographies of Difference: class, nationalism, gender, sexuality and culture.
  • Geography Policy and Governance: regulation, welfare, urban space, and planning.
  • Global Political Geographies: imperialism, post-colonialism, globalization, environmental politics, IR, war and migration.

The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is essential reading for upper level students and scholars with an interest in politics and space.

 

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Traditionsand Turns
1
SECTION I The Scope and Development of Political Geography
15
Introduction to Section I
17
1 The Politics of Political Geography
21
2 The Geography of Political Geography
41
3 Geographies of Space and Power
57
4 Feminist Transformations of Political Geography
73
SECTION II States
87
19 The Political Geography of Many Bodies
323
20 Transnational Political Movements
335
SECTION V From La Geographie Electorale to the Politics of Democracy
351
Introduction to Section V
353
21 Place and Vote
357
22 The Territorial Politics of Representation
375
23 Democracy and Democratization
389
The Parasitical Spaces of Public Action
403

Introduction to Section II
89
Sovereignty Subjectivity Territoriality
95
6 State and Society
107
7 Planning Space and Government
123
8 Welfare Provision Welfare Reform Welfare Mothers
141
9 Making Space for Law
155
The Police and the Modern State
169
SECTION III ReNaturing Political Geography
183
Introduction to Section III
185
11 Theorizing the NatureSociety Divide
189
A Postcard to Political Geography from the Field
205
13 Regulating Resource Use
219
14 Global Environmental Politics
235
Critical Political EcologyClassical Economics and Ecological Modernization Theory in China
247
SECTION IV Identities and Interests in Political Organizations
263
Introduction to Section IV
265
16 NationStates and National Identity
271
The Case of Gay and Lesbian Seattle
285
The Politics of Organizing Across Sociospatial Difference
305
SECTION VI Global Political Geographies
419
Introduction to Section VI
421
25 Global Geopolitics
427
Writing Worlds
439
27 Empire
455
28 ReBordering Spaces
471
The Politics of Border Crossings
483
30 Spatial Analysis of Civil War Violence
493
SECTION VII The Politics of Uneven Development
509
Introduction to Section VII
511
31 The Political Geography of Uneven Development
517
32 The Politics of Local and Regional Development
531
From Depoliticizing Development to Politicizing Democracy
545
34 Development in Question
563
35 Sustainable Development and Governance
579
The Politics of Rights and Development
595
Author Index
609
Subject Index
619
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Murray Low's research focuses on relationships between geography and democracy including institutional and spatial aspects of elections, changing practices of accountability and legitimacy in cities, and the geography of political party organisations and social movements. His work has dealt with the relationships between global networks and democracy, constructions of globalization and states in geography, and geographical aspects of political representation. He has recently completed research funded by the Leverhulme Foundation into city democratisation in South Africa. He is co-editor of Spaces of Democracy: Geographical Perspectives on Citizenship, Participation and Representation (Sage, 2004), and of The Sage Handbook of Political Geography (Sage, 2008)

Current research builds on my book, Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development (Routledge, 2006) which develops a postcolonial critique of urban studies, presenting resources for cutting across the thinking which has divided understandings of Western and Third World Cities. I argue against perspectives which categorize cities as Global, Third World, Mega, African etc. and suggest instead an attentiveness to the diverse trajectories of 'ordinary cities'. This work has strong implications for the practices of urban studies internationally, and invites a regrounding of comparative urbanism in rigorous practices able to encompass both wealthier and poorer cities so as to generate approaches to understanding cities which are properly international. Future plans include an empirical project to exemplify comparative methods incorporating wealthier and poorer cities, taking as the object of study the ubiquitous technology of developing city strategies and visions. This will also enable an investigation of the international circulation of urban policy to understand how policy arrives in and is adopted or adapted in different localities. The research will press an engagement with analyses of neoliberalism in urban studies to incorporate perspectives from cities in poorer contexts. It contributes to conceptualisations of the spatialities of circulation, reflecting my wider interests in general theoretical accounts of space. Previous research has centred on the relationship between power and space, specifically in cities and mostly in relation to South African politics. For example, I have written on the 1936 Empire Exhibition in Johannesburg to explore spaces of racial interaction in South African cities. I have also written on issues in feminist politics, including questions of difference and methodology, and more recently on the implications of Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic writing for feminist theorizations of space. More broadly, I have explored ways of postcolonializing the theoretical and empirical practices of Geography.

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