- Subject index
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 26: Geo-graphing: Writing Worlds
Geo-graphing: Writing Worlds
Writing the world sometimes means changing it. Awareness of the power of geography to produce and transform the world while describing it is one of the most important developments of contemporary geographical thought.
‘Geography is about power.’ With this sentence, Gerard Toal opens his seminal book Critical Geopolitics (1996a: 1). Used as a verb and not a noun, geography is ‘an active writing of the earth’, a ‘geo-graphing’. Inspired by the ideas of French philosophers such as Foucault and Derrida, Toal places the language of geography in a given set of collective meanings about power, statehood and sovereignty — that is, within a certain discourse that, although constructed to represent an essential feature of reality, is indeed the product of reality ...