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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.

Regulating Resource Use
Regulating resource use
KarenBakker and GavinBridge

Our objectives in this chapter are to resuscitate the concept of resource regulation and to explore how such a concept might contribute to a revived political geography of resources. We begin from the premise that resources are inherently political. By this, we mean that resources are an epistemologically specific outcome of competing claims over access to, control over, and definitions of nature. ‘Resources bespeak the operation of geographical networks of knowledge and control, through which a radically heterogeneous world of nature is ordered, fractured and delivered up to the economy. Resource extraction, therefore, occurs as a process of social negotiation of access to, and control over, an already politicized landscape of uneven development (Roberts and Emel, 1992) and, ...

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