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

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An advent to Political Geography keeps to supply a broad-based creation to modern political geography for college students following undergraduate measure classes in geography and comparable topics.

The text explores the total breadth of latest political geography, masking not just conventional matters corresponding to the country, geopolitics, electoral geography and nationalism; but additionally expanding very important components on the state-of-the-art of political geography learn together with globalization, the geographies of law and governance, geographies of coverage formula and supply, and subject matters on the intersection of political and cultural geography, together with the politics of position intake, landscapes of strength, 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 significant geopolitics
  • significant updating and revision of the present chapters to debate key advancements, drawing on fresh educational contributions and political events
  • new case stories, drawing on progressively more overseas and worldwide examples
  • additional bins for key recommendations and an enlarged glossary. 

As with the 1st version, large use is made up of case examine examples, illustrations, explanatory packing containers, courses to extra analyzing and a word list of keyword phrases to give the fabric in an simply available demeanour. via employment of those innovations this book introduces scholars to contributions from various social and political theories within the context of empirical case research examples. by way of offering a simple advent to such suggestions and pointing to pathways into extra professional fabric, this ebook 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 yr courses.

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States were far more likely to be successful in wars, and were far more likely therefore to survive as coherent political units, if they were of a particular size and scale. Of necessity, this point demonstrates the key role of geography in the constitution of states during the modern period. Another key point made in the introductory section of this chapter regarding the territoriality of the state was the crucial role it played in sustaining the ideological integrity of the state as an organisation.

In one way, therefore, smuggling helps to reinforce the importance of state boundaries. At another level, of course, smuggling demonstrates how porous state boundaries have always been. It is a practice that challenges the notion of a clearly defined and homogeneous state territoriality. We can see this process at work at the border between Ghana and Togo. During the colonial period, when Ghana and Togo formed part of the British and French empires respectively, attempts were made by the British to control the export of contraband from Ghana to its eastern neighbour.

2). First, we need to think about territoriality as something that governs the relations between states: this, in other words, is the degree to which states within an international system of states live by a series of rules and regulations, responsibilities and obligations. This aspect of territoriality largely relates to the international or external activities of states such as in the context of war and diplomacy. Second, state territoriality also exists at a far more fundamental level in the way it relates to the ‘relationship between territory and power in a sovereign state system; its central focus is the degree to which the map of individual states is also a map of effective authority’ (Murphy 1996: 87).

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