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Geopolitics and Development

1st Edition

By Marcus Power


410 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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Geopolitics and Development examines the historical emergence of development as a form of governmentality, from the end of empire to the Cold War and the War on Terror. It illustrates the various ways in which the meanings and relations of development as a discourse, an apparatus and an aspiration, have been geopolitically imagined and enframed.

The book traces some of the multiple historical associations between development and diplomacy and seeks to underline the centrality of questions of territory, security, statehood and sovereignty to the pursuit of development, along with its enrolment in various (b)ordering practices. In making a case for greater attention to the evolving nexus between geopolitics and development and with particular reference to Africa, the book explores the historical and contemporary geopolitics of foreign aid, the interconnections between development and counterinsurgency, the role of the state and social movements in (re)imagining development, the rise of (re)emerging donors like China, India and Brazil, and the growing significance of South–South flows of investment, trade and development cooperation. Drawing on post-colonial and postdevelopment approaches and on some of the author’s own original empirical research, this is an essential, critical and interdisciplinary analysis of the complex and dynamic political geographies of global development.

Primarily intended for scholars and post-graduate students in development studies, human geography, African studies and international relations, this book provides an engaging, invaluable and up-to-date resource for making sense of the complex entanglement between geopolitics and development, past and present.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: geopolitics and the assemblage of development 2. Post-colonialism, geopolitics and the periphery 3. Modernising the Third World 4. Cold War geopolitics and Foreign Aid 5. The State and Development 6. The political geographies of contemporary US foreign assistance 7. The rise of the South 8. Conclusions: development and (counter)insurgency

About the Author

Marcus Power is a Professor of Human Geography at Durham University. His research interests include critical geopolitics and the spatialities of (post)development; visuality and popular geopolitics; energy geographies and low-carbon transitions in the global South; and China–Africa relations and the role of (re)emerging development donors in South–South cooperation. He is author of Rethinking Development Geographies (2003) and co-author of China’s Resource Diplomacy in Africa: Powering Development? (2012).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries