Klaus Dodds, Chih Yuan Woon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Geopolitics is a term encompassing a diversity of thought and practice that extends far beyond the academy. From its initial
preoccupation with imperialist struggles closely linked to the survival of states and empires, geopolitics continues to attract
attention in the policy realm with the unfolding of great power rivalries and global hegemonic agendas. The infusion of
‘critical’ perspectives into the study of geopolitics has challenged the existence of objective scriptings of political space,
highlighting geopolitics as a power-laden pursuit instead. As critical geopolitics diverge into ‘newer’ interests such as
investigations of affect/emotions and assemblage thinking, there remains the need to be vigilant of the geostrategic
knowledges that are invoked in the service of warfare and their multifarious impacts on society and its people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Geopolitics
  • Geography
  • Critical geopolitics

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