Since the late 1980s, critical geopolitics has gone from being a radical critical perspective on the disciplines of political geography and international relations theory to becoming a recognised area of research in its own right. Influenced by poststructuralist concerns with the politics of representation, critical geopolitics considers the ways in which the use of particular discourses shape political practices. Initially critical geopolitics analysed the practical geopolitical language of the elites and intellectuals of statecraft. Subsequent iterations have considered the role that popular representations of the international political world play. As critical geopolitics has become a more established part of political geography it has attracted ever more critique: from feminists for its apparent blindness to the embodied effects of geopolitical praxis and from those who have been uncomfortable about its textual focus, while others have challenged critical geopolitics to address alternative, resistant forms of geopolitical practice. Again, critical geopolitics has been reworked to incorporate these challenges and the latest iterations have encompassed normative agendas, non-representational theory, emotional geographies and affect. It is against the vibrant backdrop of this intellectual development of critical geopolitics as a subdiscipline that this Companion is set. Bringing together leading researchers associated with the different forms of critical geopolitics, this volume produces an overview of its achievements, limitations, and areas of new and potential future development. The Companion is designed to serve as a key resource for an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners interested in the spatiality of politics.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: Geopolitics and its Critics

ByKlaus Dodds, Merje Kuus, Joanne Sharp

part |193 pages


chapter |14 pages

The Origins of Critical Geopolitics

ByJohn Agnew

chapter |15 pages

Realism and Geopolitics

BySimon Dalby

chapter |20 pages

Text, Discourse, Affect and Things

ByMartin Müller

chapter |19 pages

Geopolitics and Visual Culture 1

ByRachel Hughes

chapter |20 pages


ByLinda Peake

chapter |20 pages


ByFiona McConnell

chapter |18 pages

Radical Geopolitics

ByJulien Mercille

chapter |18 pages


BySimon Springer

chapter |23 pages

Reappraising Geopolitical Traditions 1

ByJames D. Sidaway, Virginie Mamadouh, Marcus Power

chapter |19 pages

Violence and Peace

ByNick Megoran

part |174 pages


chapter |17 pages


ByAnssi Paasi

chapter |16 pages

The State

BySami Moisio

chapter |16 pages

Militarization 1

ByMatthew Farish

chapter |18 pages


ByPaul C. Adams

chapter |23 pages


ByPhilippe Le Billon

chapter |18 pages


ByShannon O’Lear

chapter |18 pages

The Global South

ByChih Yuan Woon

chapter |18 pages

Intimacy and the Everyday

ByDeborah Cowen, Brett Story

chapter |24 pages

Spaces of Terror

ByUlrich Oslender

part |160 pages


chapter |17 pages

Non-Governmental Organisations

ByAlex Jeffrey

chapter |16 pages

International Organizations

ByVeit Bachmann

chapter |17 pages

Indigenous Geopolitics

ByChris Gibson

chapter |22 pages


ByAlasdair Pinkerton

chapter |16 pages


ByAlan Ingram

chapter |16 pages


ByJason Dittmer

chapter |16 pages

Intellectuals of Statecraft

ByMathew Coleman

chapter |17 pages


ByJennifer L. Fluri

chapter |16 pages


ByKye Askins