Geopolitics at the margins? Reconsidering genealogies of critical geopolitics

Sharp, J. P. (2013) Geopolitics at the margins? Reconsidering genealogies of critical geopolitics. Political Geography, 37, pp. 20-29. (doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2013.04.006)

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Critical geopolitics has become one of the most vibrant parts of political geography. However it remains a particularly western way of knowing which has been much less attentive to other traditions of thinking. This paper engages with Pan-Africanism, and specifically the vision of the architect of post-colonial Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, to explore this overlooked contribution to critical engagements with geopoli- tics. Pan-Africanism sought to forge alternative post-colonial worlds to the binary geopolitics of the Cold War and the geopolitical economy of neo-colonialism. The academic division of labour has meant that these ideas have been consigned to African studies rather than being drawn into wider debates around the definitions of key disciplinary concepts. However Nyerere’s continental thinking can be seen as a form of geopolitical imagination that challenges dominant neo-realist projections, and which still has much to offer contemporary political geography.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sharp, Professor Jo
Authors: Sharp, J. P.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Research Group:Human Geography Research Group
Journal Name:Political Geography
ISSN (Online):1873-5096
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Political Geography
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
533021Creating postcolonial subjectivity: subaltern geopolitics, knowledge and citizenship in TanzaniaJoanne SharpEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/H041354/1SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES