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Chapter 22: Critical Geopolitics (1996): Gearóid Ó Tuathail
Critical Geopolitics (1996): Gearóid Ó Tuathail
Geography is about power. Although often assumed to be innocent, the geography of the world is not a product of nature but a product of histories of struggle between competing authorities over the power to organize, occupy, and administer space. (Ó Tuathail, 1996a: 1)
In Critical Geopolitics Gearóid Ó Tuathail (1996a) presents a thorough challenge to conventional geopolitics, which he formulates as the theories and practices of statecraft. This monograph has been hugely influential in political geography, pushing forward a critical vision of the subdiscipline influenced by some of the forms of poststructuralism that have driven Geography's ‘cultural turn’. The effect of the ‘cultural turn’ on political geography has generated a move toward non-traditional political ...