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From Military Geography to militarism's geographies: disciplinary engagements with the geographies of militarism and military activities

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This paper reviews contemporary approaches in Anglophone human geography to the geographical constitution and expression of militarism and military activities. Three main approaches are identified, and the merits, limitations and insights of each are discussed. these are: traditional Military Geography, intimately associated with state military discourses of military power; a broad political geography, focused on the spatiality of armed conflict; and research from across the social sciences on the political economies and sociocultural geographies of militarism, particularly in non-conflict situations. the paper concludes with some suggestions for further empirical and theoretical inquiry, and argues on moral grounds for a human geography explicitly concerned with military geographies in all their forms.

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Author(s): Woodward R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2005

Volume: 29

Issue: 6

Pages: 718-740

Print publication date: 01/12/2005

Date deposited: 18/04/2008

ISSN (print): 0309-1325

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288


DOI: 10.1191/0309132505ph579oa


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