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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Publication details for Professor Joe Painter

Political Geography coverPainter, J. & Jeffrey, A. Political geography: an introduction to space and power. London: Sage; 2009.

Author(s) from Durham


Revised and updated, this is a new edition of a core undergraduate resource on Political Geography. Unique in the teaching literature, Political Geography (published originally as Politics, Geography, and 'Political Geography') retains its focus on the social and cultural, while systematically overviewing the entire discipline. The text explains:

  • Politics, geography, and "political" geography: power, resources, institutions, and the history of political geography
  • State formation: classical views as well as recent work on governance and governmentality
  • Welfare state to workfare state: the restructuring of present state strategies
  • Democracy citizenship, law: different models of democracy from Held to Mouffe; democracy citizenship, law in European and global context
  • Electoral geography
  • Identity and social movements: the relation between identity and political action
  • Nationalism and regionalism: ethnicity, national identity, "otherness"
  • Imperialism and post-colonialism: the theoretical literature from World Systems Theory to post-structuralist accounts
  • Geopolitics: the political, economic, and strategic significance of geography, illustrated with examples from recent world politics

Comprehensive, accessible and illustrated with real world examples, Political Geography provides undergraduates with a thorough understanding of the relationship between geography and politics.