Reordering the World: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century

Reordering the World: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century

Reordering the World: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century

Reordering the World: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century

Synopsis

Using an integrative approach to international relations, the second edition of Reordering the World returns the "geo" to geopolitical analysis of current global issues. Focusing on key, emerging world issues such as spatial data technology, IGOs/NGOs, and gender and world politics, this group of eminent geographers challenges the reader to rethink international relations and reorder the world political map.

Excerpt

This second edition of Reordering the World: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Twenty-First Century is a significant revision of the first but still maintains the original concept of an introductory "political geography reader" covering a broad range of real world issues. Although all of the essays from the first edition that reappear in this one have been updated, several chapters have been replaced based on feedback from teachers and students. We would like to thank all the authors who contributed to either the first or second editions, and especially those who have contributed to both. We were very pleased that the first edition did indeed seem to fill a niche and has been used not only by political geography students but also by those taking courses in international relations and political science. We believe this volume is even better than the first and will attract an even wider readership.

The essays in this volume are not comprehensive reviews of research being done by political geographers, nor are they attempts at defining and explaining all the concepts and theories used in political geography -- the former is covered by journal articles and the latter by textbooks. These short essays are more descriptive and issue oriented than theoretical, which reflects a deliberate effort to both attract other social science students to geography and to demonstrate to beginning political geography students that their discipline can contribute to almost every facet of international relations. This reader will have achieved its purpose if even one student is inspired by these essays to pursue further research, which will inevitably yield greater complexity and insight than is provided here.

As with the first edition, this reader begins with the premise that many of today's "global issues" would benefit significantly from a political geographic perspective. Since the first edition was published in 1994, world events have affirmed this notion on an almost daily basis with newspaper headlines that could be taken straight out of the chapters in this volume. The international community faces very difficult challenges as it turns the corner to the next millennium, and political geography will play an increasingly important role in explaining and tackling those challenges. By the end . . .

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