"A very good overview. Covers the key topics well and in an accessible and engaging style."
- Dr Daniel Hammett, Department of Geography, Sheffield University
This is a revised and updated edition of a core undergraduate resource for political geography. Focusing on the social and cultural while systematically overviewing the entire discipline, Joe Painter and Alex Jeffrey explain:
Politics, geography, and 'political' geography: power, resources, institutions, and the history of the field
State formation: classical views alongside recent work on governance and governmentality
Welfare to workfare state: the restructuring of present state strategies
Democracy, citizenship and law: different models of democracy in European and global contexts
Identity and social movements: the relation between identity and political action
Nationalism and regionalism: ethnicity, national identity and "otherness"
Imperialism and post-colonialism: from world systems theory to post-structuralist accounts
Geopolitics: the political, economic, and strategic significance of geography.
Comprehensive, accessible and illustrated with real world examples, Political Geography provides undergraduates with a thorough understanding of the relationship between geography and politics.
I was born in London and grew up in Hertfordshire and then in Dorset, where I went to Weymouth Grammar School (now Budmouth College). After seven months' voluntary work in rural India in 1984, I took up a place to study geography at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, graduating in 1987. I then moved to the Open University to do research for a PhD on the geography of trade unionism in Britain under the supervision of Doreen Massey and John Allen. In 1990 I joined the University of Wales, Lampeter (then St David's University College) as Lecturer in Geography. I moved to Durham in 1993, first as Lecturer, then as Reader (2000), Professor (2004) and Head of Department (2010-2013). I spent 12 months as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra (2004-05). I have also held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge and the University of British Columbia, among others.
Preface to the Second Edition Introduction Politics, Geography and Political Geography State Formation From Welfare State to Workfare State Democracy, Citizenship and Elections Politics and the City Identity Politics and Social Movements Nationalism and Regionalism Imperialism and Post-Colonialism Geopolitics and Anti-Geopolitics Bibliography