1st Edition

Questioning Planetary Illiberal Geographies Territory, Space and Power

Edited By Jason Luger Copyright 2023
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book engages with current debates on ‘planetary urbanization’ and the nature of urban political theory but notably considers the implications of illiberalism on space, territory, and power. Such a focus is timely, as illiberalism (across various settings and terrains) is producing, and embedded in, increasingly complex, hybrid, multi-scalar, non-linear, and globally networked flows.

    Through ordinary explorations drawn from diverse empirical case studies (China, the United States, India, South Korea, and Singapore) and via mixed methodologies, the chapters in this volume seek to advance theory that moves beyond assumptions and certainties of what illiberalism is, how and where it operates, what it looks like, and how it is experienced and embodied in different contexts, offline and online. Chapters critically reflect upon themes like authoritarianism and the spatialization of illiberal power, from the grassroots up to national governments, and stress the need to move beyond normative understandings and portrayals of these terms and concepts. Presciently, this volume looks back on recent history, pre-dating the Covid-19 pandemic and some of the shocking political transformations now underway: as such, the chapters offer a valuable lens to critically consider issues like public health policies, surveillance and policing, borders and bordering, and activism and resistance.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Territory, Politics, Governance.


    Planetary illiberal geographies, accelerated and viral

    Jason Luger

    Introduction: Questioning planetary illiberal geographies: territory, space and power

    Jason Luger

    1. State territorialization through shequ community centres: bureaucratic confusion in Xinjiang, China

    Sarah Tynen

    2. Neoliberal exception to liberal democracy? Entrepreneurial territorial governance in India

    Ashima Sood and Loraine Kennedy

    3. Countering illiberal geographies through local policy? The political effects of sanctuary cities

    Janika Kuge

    4. When the illiberal and the neoliberal meet around infectious diseases: an examination of the MERS response in South Korea

    So Hyung Lim and Kristin Sziarto

    5. Planetary illiberalism and the cybercity-state: in and beyond territory

    Jason Luger


    Comparing and connecting territories of illiberal politics and neoliberal governance

    Matthew Sparke


    Jason Luger is Assistant Professor of Human Geography at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His research focuses on the production, experience, and contestation of urban space, especially the relationship between urban space and illiberalism. Jason’s research draws from comparative urbanism, ethnography, and theories from across urban, political, social, and cultural geographies.