Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality

7th Edition

Colin Flint, Peter J. Taylor

Published May 22, 2018
Reference - 376 Pages - 58 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138058262 - CAT# Y331430


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World systems approach gives the text coherence, with each chapter linking into this central narrative

Multi-scalar approach: chapters move from broader geopolitical issues and approaches through to more localised and focused chapters on cities, social movements and identity

Well-developed pedagogy including gateway for teachers boxes, case studies, student activities and glossary

Key changes for the new edition

Will discuss recent advances in political geography thinking within the context of a changing world

Content will reflect growing political role of corporations at a variety of geographic scales

Reflects global geopolitical change catalysed by the growing power and role of China

Incorporates overarching context of the imperative to reframe security and politics within the challenges of global climate change

Existing case studies will be updated or replaced and new ones will be added where appropriate. All case studies will be more closely tied to specific reflections or questions that illuminate and interrogate the theoretical material.

All boxes will be updated and reframed as "Gateways for Teachers," - posing questions for discussion as entry point in to the material in the chapters through accessible examples and real world issues that will stimulate student interest


The new and updated seventh edition of Political Geography once again shows itself fit to tackle a frequently and rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. It retains the intellectual clarity, rigour and vision of previous editions based upon its world-systems approach, and is complemented by the perspective of feminist geography. The book successfully integrates the complexity of individuals with the complexity of the world-economy by merging the compatible, but different, research agendas of the co-authors.

This edition explores the importance of states in corporate globalization, challenges to this globalization, and the increasingly influential role of China. It also discusses the dynamics of the capitalist world-economy and the constant tension between the global scale of economic processes and the territorialization of politics in the current context of geopolitical change. The chapters have been updated with new examples – new sections on art and war, intimate geopolitics and geopolitical constructs reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the academic study of the subject. Sections have been updated and added to the material of the previous edition to reflect the role of the so-called Islamic State in global geopolitics. The book offers a framework to help students make their own judgements of how we got where we are today, and what may or should be done about it.

Political Geography remains a core text for students of political geography, geopolitics, international relations and political science, as well as more broadly across human geography and the social sciences.

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