, Volume 75, Issue 4, pp 315–325 | Cite as

New directions in critical geopolitics: an introduction

With contributions of: Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Jennifer Hyndman, Fraser MacDonald, Emily Gilbert and Virginie Mamadouh
  • Laura JonesEmail author
  • Daniel Sage

During the last of three conference sessions we organised on ‘New Directions in Critical Geopolitics’ at the 2007 meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Neil Smith presented a talk entitled ‘After Geopolitics?’ in which he suggested the very idea of a critical geopolitics was a misnomer, equivalent to a ‘critical capitalism’ due to its unavoidable association with state-led projects of spatial control and imperialism. This critique voiced by Smith gets to the very heart of the issue around which these conference sessions were first envisaged, and which the papers both presented in San Francisco and subsequently collected together in this themed issue of GeoJournal have sought to address; namely, how can the notion of ‘Critical Geopolitics’ be deployed in innovative conceptual and empirical directions which address a new, contemporary set of problematics for, “…the writing of global space”? (Ó Tuathail 1996a, p 18).

It seems particularly relevant to ask this question at a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesAberystwyth UniversityCeredigionUK
  2. 2.Department of GeographyLoughborough UniversityLeicsUK

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