Synopses & Reviews
Developed out of the author's own substantial teaching experience, this introduction to political geography approaches its subject matter from the standpoint of political economy and the politics of difference. Unlike other similar texts, it incorporates critical approaches to human geography that have emerged over the past thirty years, such as the impact of cultural studies, those emphasizing the role of capitalist development, and work on the theory of the state.
The text covers all the central issues in the field, including identity politics, state territoriality, and the way geography makes a difference in the form of attachments and commitments to place in contexts of interdependence. Students are introduced to ideas about how the geography of politics has been interpreted and can be studied in clear and accessible language. Numerous fascinating and relevant examples are used throughout in order to sustain reader interest.
This textbook takes a distinctive political-economy approach to one of the major sub-disciplines of human geography. The book includes coverage of the impact of cultural studies and, less apparent in human geography, work on the theory of the state.
Developed out of the author's own substantial teaching experience, this introduction to political geography approaches its subject matter from the standpoint of political economy and the politics of difference.
Kevin R. Cox is Professor of Geography at Ohio State University and the author/editor of numerous other books, including Spaces of Globalization (editor, 1997).
Table of Contents
1. Fundamental Concepts of Political Geography: An Introduction.
2. The Political Economy of the Contemporary World: Fundamental Considerations.
3. The Political Geography of Capitalist Development I: The Workplace.
4. The Political Geography of Capitalist Development II: The Living Place.
5. Difference, Identity and Political Geography.
6. Political Geographies of Imagined Communities: The Nation.
7. A World of Difference.
8. The State in Geographic Context.
9 the Politics of Geographically Uneven Development.
10. The Politics of Globalization and Its Illusions.