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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.

The Politics of Political Geography
The politics of political geography
Introduction

‘La Géographie, de nouveau un savoir politique’ (Geography: once again a political knowledge).

(Lacoste, 1984)

This statement by the chief editor of Hérodote, intended to celebrate the politicization of French geography through the journal in the 1970s and 1980s, also, and paradoxically, captures a profound dilemma of contemporary political geography. If, as a recent academic forum showed, the political is alive and well in all of geography, does this not question the continued relevance and validity of having a separate sub-field of political geography (Cox and Low, 2003)? The most fruitful response to such existential questions about academic sub-disciplines is delving into the past and tracing the genesis of the subject. In what follows, I will seek to ...

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