1st Edition

Political Landscapes of Donald Trump

Edited By Barney Warf Copyright 2021
    362 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    362 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the life and work of President Donald Trump, who is arguably the most famous and controversial person in the world today. While his administration has received enormous attention, few have studied the spatial dimensions of his policies.

    Political Landscapes of Donald Trump explores the geographies of Trump from multiple conceptual standpoints. It contextualizes Donald and his rise to power within the geography of his victory in 2016. Several essays in the book are concerned with his white ethno-nationalist political platform and social bases of support. Others focus on Trump’s use of Twitter, his ties to professional wrestling, and his innumerable lies and deceits. Yet another set delves into the geopolitics of his foreign policies, notably in Cuba, Korea, the Middle East, and China. Finally, it covers how his administration has addressed – or failed to address – climate change and its treatment of undocumented immigrants.

    This book will be of interest to anyone interested in the Trump administration, as well as social scientists and the informed lay public.

    1. Introduction

    Barney Warf

    Part I: Trump’s History and Biography

    2. The Donald in Context

    Barney Warf

    3. Three Generations of Trump Schemes: The Private Side of Planning History

    Samuel Stein

    Part II: Trump’s Electoral Victory and Its Aftermath

    4. The Geographies of Trump’s Electoral Success

    Ron Johnston, Charles Pattie, Ryne Rohla, David Manley, and Kelvyn Jones

    5. The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and Trump's Populist Rhetoric: Wisconsin as a Case Study

    Ryan Weichelt

    6. The Heart of Whiteness: Patterns of Race, Class, and Prejudice in the Divided Midwest

    David Norman Smith and Eric Hanley

    7. Postfascist (Sub)urbanism: "Social Cleansing" in the Age of Trump

    Scott Markley and Coleman Allums

    8. The Five Pillars of Trump’s White Ethnonationalist Appeal

    David H. Kaplan

    9. ‘Standing With Patriots’? Trump, Twitter and the Silent Majority

    Lewis J. Dowle

    10. Donald Trump and the Potency of His Assemblage

    Sam Page

    11. Smarks, Marks, and the Electorate: Trump, Wrestling Rhetorics and Electoral Geography

    David Beard and John Heppen

    12. Presidential Lies and Post-Truth Geographies

    Barney Warf

    Part III: The Geopolitics of The Trump Administration

    13. With Friends Like These: Trump’s Middle East Geopolitics as the Space of Exception

    Carl T. Dahlman and Nathan S. French

    14. Trump in the Tropics: Territorialities and the Misdirection of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Cuba

    Richard N. Gioioso and Lisa A. Baglione

    15. Peace for Prosperity? The Geopolitics of the Korean Peace Process

    Steven M. Radil and Jin-Soo Lee

    16. The Trump Effect in China: Social Aspects of the Sino-U.S. Trade Conflict and the Pro-Trump Group in China

    Xiang Zhang

    17. Tangier Island for Trump: A Geographic Reconfiguring of Visibilities in American Climate Change Displacement Discourse

    Victoria Herrmann

    18. The Emotional Regime of Apathy, Trump, and Climate Injustice

    Nino Antadze

    19. Undocumented Youth and Their Unequal Rights: State Responses to Trump’s Immigration Policies

    Marie Price and Nicole Prchal Svajlenka


    Barney Warf is a Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests lie within the broad domain of human geography. Much of his research concerns producer services and telecommunications, particularly the geographies of the internet, including the digital divide, e-government, and internet censorship.