By Martin Jones

An creation 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 topics.

The text explores the complete breadth of up to date political geography, protecting not just conventional matters comparable to the nation, geopolitics, electoral geography and nationalism; but additionally expanding vital components on the state of the art of political geography examine together with globalization, the geographies of legislation and governance, geographies of coverage formula and supply, and topics on the intersection of political and cultural geography, together with the politics of position intake, landscapes of energy, citizenship, id 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 significant geopolitics
  • significant updating and revision of the prevailing chapters to debate key advancements, drawing on fresh educational contributions and political events
  • new case experiences, drawing on a growing number of overseas and international examples
  • additional packing containers for key innovations and an enlarged glossary. 

As with the 1st variation, wide use is made from case examine examples, illustrations, explanatory containers, courses to extra analyzing and a word list of keyword phrases to provide the fabric in an simply available demeanour. via employment of those recommendations this book introduces scholars to contributions from various social and political theories within the context of empirical case learn examples. by means of offering a easy advent to such innovations and pointing to pathways into extra professional fabric, this e-book serves either as a middle textual content for first- and moment- 12 months classes in political geography, and as a source along supplementary textbooks for extra expert 3rd 12 months courses.

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In this example we see the uneasy relationship that exists between smuggling and the state: at one and the same time, they help to reinforce and challenge each other. As Donnan and Wilson (1999: 105) so aptly put it, ‘smuggling . . both recognises and marks the legal and territorial limits of the state and, at the same time, undermines its power’. Key reading: Donnan and Wilson (1999). 33 34 STATE, TERRITORY AND REGULATION makes it difficult to speak of globalisation as a process that is helping to undermine a purely homogeneous territory of the state, since it is unlikely that this uniform territorialised state has ever existed.

What is crucial here, however, is that this attempt to impose a certain rationality on a complex natural resource was linked with the efforts of states to consolidate their power. One key way of achieving this aim was to create a more rational, simplified, standardised and, as Scott puts it, more legible society and territory for the state to govern. Key reading: Scott (1998). 25 26 STATE, TERRITORY AND REGULATION of the state? What was the driving force behind the consolidation of state power?

This is the process that led to the shift from the so-called puny states of the medieval period, ones which were ‘marginal to the lives of most Europeans’, into the allpowerful organisations that are ‘of decisive importance in structuring the world we live in today’ (Mann 1984: 209). 3 MAKING NATURE LEGIBLE: SCIENTIFIC FORESTRY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRUSSIA A recurring theme with regard to the consolidation of state power has been the attempts made by the state to exploit its territory and people in a more efficient manner.

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