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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.
Chapter 19: The Political Geography of Many Bodies
The Political Geography of Many Bodies
The Body Politic
In Stanley Kubrick's classic satirical movie on the Cold War, Dr Strangelove (1964), a rogue General Ripper authorizes nuclear annihilation on the basis of his paranoid conviction that the Russians were penetrating, polluting and exhausting the ‘precious bodily fluids’ of the American population. General Ripper's view on the pervasiveness of communist infiltration is interesting in that it understands geopolitics as at least partly unconscious, inescapably embodied in entire populations. For Ripper, geopolitics is more akin to sexual intercourse than a ‘discourse’. In fact, the general feels the presence of the enemy. The fatigue of his body is telling him that dramatic military action is now called for, and only pre-emptive attack will ...