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Political Geography

Storey, David ORCID: (2009) Political Geography. In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 243-253. ISBN 978-0-08-044910-4

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Political geography is concerned with the interface between politics and geography and what might be seen as the geographies of power. This article provides an overview of the history and development of the subdiscipline. It examines some key elements in the evolution of political geography and focuses on key themes of territory, state, geopolitics, nation, identity and citizenship, electoral geography, and environment. In doing so it examines shifts in approaches and methods, outlines important concepts, and discusses the contributions of some leading political geographers. It also examines the engagement of geographers in ‘real’ political issues. The subdiscipline has developed in response to broader theoretical and methodological shifts within human geography and in other disciplines and to broader social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes. Political geography continues to evolve and embraces a wide variety of concerns, approaches, and methods.

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The online edition of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography is available to subscribers via Science Direct. DOI for this article: 10.1016/B978-008044910-4.00794-X

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: citizenship, Cold War, colonialism, elections, electoral geography, environment, geopolitics, globalization, identity, nation, state, territory
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
Depositing User: David Storey
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009 10:25
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 04:00

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