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A Research Agenda for Military Geographies

Edited by Rachel Woodward, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK
A Research Agenda for Military Geographies explores how military activities and phenomena are shaped by geography, and how geographies are in turn shaped by military practices. A variety of future research agendas are mapped out, examining the questions faced by geographers when studying the military and its effects.
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Publication Date: September 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 886 7
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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

A Research Agenda for Military Geographies explores how military activities and phenomena are shaped by geography, and how geographies are in turn shaped by military practices. A variety of future research agendas are mapped out, examining the questions faced by geographers when studying the military and its effects.

Bringing together chapters from leading contributors, this Research Agenda explores a range of geographical places, spaces, environments and landscapes, examining peoples’ experiences of the military in a variety of contexts. Chapters investigate key topics from armed conflict to its aftermath, as well as the study of the economic, social, political and cultural practices that make war possible. Providing interdisciplinary insights to military geography issues in European, North American, African and Asian contexts, this timely book sets out key areas of scholarship for discussion.

Advanced students of critical geography and geopolitics studies as well as military studies, will greatly appreciate the suggestions for future research that sits at the heart of the book. Human geographers more broadly will find this a useful read in analysing the interdependent relationships between the military and place and space.
‘At once an inventory, history and programme for military geography, this collection will appeal to all scholars with a critical interest in militarism, war and alternatives to them. And for any geographers who consider their studies as unconcerned with military matters, it is an invitation to think again.’
– James D Sidaway, National University of Singapore

‘Assembled by perhaps the most pivotal figure in the geographic study of militaries and militarisation, these chapters offer provocative reflections and myriad lines of flight for future inquiry. The varied and exciting contributions, including those from several junior scholars, signal both the promise and the significance of the field.’
– Matthew Farish, University of Toronto, Canada
Contributors include: B. Alexis-Martin, E. Chitukutuku, A. Cree, G.A. Cromley, C. Fuhriman, E. Gilbert, D. Havlick, C. Jones, M. Kearns, A.D. Lohman, G. Maringira, B. Meché, M.F. Rech, J. Tyner, A.J. Williams, R. Woodward, C.Y. Woon, R. Yarwood



Contents:

1. Introduction: a research agenda for military geography
Rachel Woodward

2. Approaches to researching and teaching military geography
Andrew D. Lohman and Christopher Fuhriman

3. Geography, genocide and global militarism: an agenda for the 21st century
James Tyner and Gordon A. Cromley

4. Geographies of nuclear warfare: future spaces, zones and technologies
Becky Alexis-Martin

5. More blue, less green: considering what an aerial perspective can bring to military geography research
Alison J. Williams

6. Bad things happen in the desert: mapping security regimes in the West African Sahel and the ‘problem’ of arid spaces
Brittany Meché

7. Researching the intersections between war, law and military geography
Craig Jones

8. Military geoeconomics: money, finance and war
Emily Gilbert

9. Towards an everyday military geography: materialities, actors, practices
Chih Yuan Woon

10. Spirituality and African military geography: soldiers’ deployments
Edmore Chitukutuku and Godfrey Maringira

11. The geographies of military masculinities: a feminist research agenda
Matthew Kearns

12. Encountering the ‘lively’ in military theatre
Alice Cree

13. Confounding restoration: environmental politics and ecology in militarized landscapes
David Havlick

14. Exploring post military geographies: Plymouth and the spatialities of Armed Forces Day
Matthew F. Rech and Richard Yarwood

Index