Rethinking electoral geography: spaces and practices of democracy in Nicaragua

Author: Cupples, Julie

Source: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 34, Number 1, January 2009 , pp. 110-124(15)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Despite engagements with Foucauldian and Deleuzian insights by many geographers, concerns remain that we are still failing to understand the difference geography makes to the exercise of power. This article, which focuses on the 2006 Nicaraguan elections, has three main aims. The first is to explore the relationship between power and space through the lens of an electoral campaign. The second is to contribute to recent attempts to theoretically reinvigorate electoral geography. The third is to provide an alternative reading of democratisation in Nicaragua. Ultimately, this article focuses on how ordinary people in the interests of creating a better life for themselves make do with the circumstances in which they live.

Keywords: Nicaragua; de Certeau; elections; panopticism; power; tactics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 3800, Christchurch, New Zealand, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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