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Political geography and geopolitics

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This essay discusses the key contributions of Canadian political geographers to the remarkable growth of the subfield in the past two decades. I focus on two burgeoning strands of work: first, the transformation of state power, and second, the current phase of war, militarization and surveillance globally. My goal is not to review the field of political geography. Rather, I use the two themes to foreground prominent strands of recent work and delineate some lines of inquiry that require more attention and are likely to grow in importance. In particular, I underscore the need for closer attention to human agency—that is, capacity to act—in political geography and geopolitics.

Keywords: Canada; actions; agency; geopolitics; géographie politique; géopolitique; militarisation; militarization; political geography; state; état

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V6T 1Z2 ( ), Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2009


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