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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Nation-States and National Identity
Nation-states and national identity
Introduction

Given that the discipline of geography is primarily concerned with territory and the diverse forms of power associated with it, it is surprising that geographers have had so little influence on theories related to the most dominant geopolitical unit the world has ever known — the nation-state. Geographers have had surprisingly little impact on understandings of either its core concept of nation or its progenitive ideology of nationalism (cf. Knight, 1982; Mikesell, 1983: 257; Johnson, 1995: 53). With some notable exceptions (e.g. Williams and Smith, 1983; Anderson, 1986; MacLaughlin, 1986; Johnston et al., 1988; Agnew, 1994; Johnson, 1995, 2002; Penrose, 1995, 2002; Smith, 1996; Marden, 1997; Withers, 2001), the tendency has been to rely on nations, states and ...

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