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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.

Geographies of Space and Power
Geographies of space and power
Introduction

Politics is about power. By extension, political geography is about the relationships between power and space and place. Yet until recently, surprisingly few political geographers paid much attention to what power means, or how it should be understood. Indeed, some even questioned whether political geographers should be concerned with the nature of power at all. In a commentary for political scientists written before the Second World War, Richard Hartshorne defined the proper scope of political geography. ‘Is the political geographer’, he wondered, ‘concerned with the ability of a certain political territory to provide the requirements for political power, in peace or war?’ He concluded that ‘the geographer's emphasis is always on the area itself, with power, ...

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