February 26, 2007

Imperial cartography

Filed under: cartography, politics — ubikcan @ 10:38 am

Back to serious posting.

As I noted last summer, one of the interesting constructions of the “geography of terror” is found in Thomas Barnett’s book The Pentagon’s New Map. As I noted:

Barnett characterizes the world into two zones; the good or the “functioning core” and the bad or the “Non-integrating gap.” This is an update on Mackinder, or Mackinder-lite you could say, and reflects the old core-periphery models of high school geography in the 1950s cold war.

Now Simon Dalby, a professor of geography and political economy at Carleton University, has written his own critique of that cartography in Gregory and Pred’s new book Violent Geographies (Table of contents here).

Since Barnett maintains his own blog and recently had a run-in with a posting on Daily Kos, perhaps Barnett would care to respond to this chapter?


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