Navigation – Plan du site

AccueilNuméros4Comptes rendus/Book reviewJ. Agnew, Making political geography

Comptes rendus/Book review

J. Agnew, Making political geography

London, Arnold, 2002
Julien Vandeburie
Référence(s) :

J. Agnew, Making political geography, London, Arnold

Texte intégral

1This book is an interesting introduction to political geography. The author gives a good idea of what political geography used to be, what it is and what it will be.

2First, he discusses the terms of political geography : Politics and place ? Geopolitics ?... Finally, political geography is always the meeting point of geography and politics.

3In a second step, Agnew explains the history of the thinkers in political geography, from the French and the German school to the postmodernist wave, with comments about the English school, Bowman, Gottman amongst others. Then he demonstrates, with the help of what he calls « vignettes », why political geography still matters. The vignettes are interesting examples illustrating issues such as drug trafficking, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sub-Carpathian Ruthenia, the representation of nations in stamps, urban problems in south-central Los Angeles...

4In chapter 3, Agnew discusses what he calls the historic canon, the geopolitical context of the foundation of political geography. Even if he has a really interesting point of view about very old influences, it is surprising that we do not read anything about Mahan’s or Monroe’s influence. Another remark concerns the relative lack of maps in this chapter.

5Chapter 4 is devoted to the revival of the discipline after a fade-out during the domination of behaviorist and quantitative currents.

6Chapter 5, The Horizon, deals with the new ways of analysis of political geography. Agnew distinguishes three main groups: 1) what he calls geographical scale, which includes electoral geography, 2) politics of environment, 3) normative political geography, which contains questions about democracy.

7As a conclusion, a good book to guide students in the study of political geography, or to explore this field of geography. Agnew’s non-state centred analysis is particularly interesting, and so are the parts devoted to national elections, and regional perspectives.

Haut de page

Pour citer cet article

Référence électronique

Julien Vandeburie, « J. Agnew, Making political geography »Belgeo [En ligne], 4 | 2003, mis en ligne le 14 février 2016, consulté le 20 avril 2021. URL : ; DOI :

Haut de page


Julien Vandeburie

Articles du même auteur

Haut de page

Droits d’auteur

Licence Creative Commons
Belgeo est mis à disposition selon les termes de la licence Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

Haut de page
  • Logo Fondation Universitaire/Universitaire Stichting
  • Logo Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS
  • Logo National Comittee of Geography
  • Logo SRBG
  • Logo DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • OpenEdition Journals
Rechercher dans OpenEdition Search

Vous allez être redirigé vers OpenEdition Search