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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.

Theorizing the State Geographically: Sovereignty, Subjectivity, Territoriality
Theorizing the state geographically: Sovereignty, subjectivity, territoriality

The spatiality of state formation and administration is a central theme in political geography. Within this scholarship, the present chapter focuses on the concept of sovereignty as the presumably constitutive characteristic of the state and the apparent foundational principle of the state system. It is in relation to sovereignty that other crucial concepts — like power, authority, community, and obligation — have acquired their present meaning (Walker, 1993: 164). The chapter takes the pivotal importance of sovereignty to contemporary understandings of the state — and politics more generally — as its starting point. It foregrounds the conceptual premises of the traditional debates on sovereignty, and it highlights key strands in the recent ...

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