Handbook on the Geographies of Power

Research Handbooks in Geography series

Edited by Mat Coleman Professor, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and John Agnew, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, US

The so-called spatial turn in the social sciences means that many researchers have become much more interested in what can be called the spatialities of power, or the ways in which power as a medium for achieving goals is related to where it takes place. Most famous authors on the subject, such as Machiavelli and Hobbes, saw power as entirely equivalent to domination exercised by some over others. Though this meaning is hardly redundant, understandings of power have become more multidimensional and nuanced as a result of the spatial turn. Much recent writing in human geography, for example, has rigorously extended use of the term power beyond its typical understanding as a resource that pools up in some hands and some places to a medium of agency that has different effects depending on how it is deployed across space and how actors cooperate, or not, to give it effect. To address this objective, the book is organized thematically into four sections that cover the main areas in which much of the contemporary work on geographies of power is concentrated: bodies, economy, environment and energy, and war.

‘Reading the Handbook on the Geographies of Power, you feel like you are on a road trip to visit an old friend (or fiend, to some),especially if you have engaged in understanding, describing, or explaining the unequal geographies of the world. That friend/fiend is power, a pervasive concept in our daily lives, and in the existence of other living and inanimate objects.’
– Martín Arias-Loyola, Economic Geography

‘Handbook on the Geographies of Power is a well-written volume with empirically rich and theoretically well-grounded chapters that are easy to comprehend and will be greatly appreciated by academics and students.’
– Austin Dziwornu Ablo, Eurasian Geography and Economics

2018 432 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 563 8 £243.00 £170.00 $243.00 $270.00
2020 432 pp Paperback 978 1 80037 240 5 £48.00 £40.00 $48.00 $60.00

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