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Geopower and Geopolitics in, of, and for the Middle East

  • Natalie Koch (a1)

In 1976, Michel Foucault gave a unique interview with the editors of the French geography journal, Hérodote. The interviewers pushed him to explicitly reflect on the many spatial concepts that pervade his writing, such as region, province, field, archipelago, and territory. In one reply, Foucault explained:

People have often reproached me for these spatial obsessions, which have indeed been obsessions for me. But I think through them I did come to what I had basically been looking for: the relations that are possible between power and knowledge. Once knowledge can be analyzed in terms of region, domain, implantation, displacement, transposition, one is able to capture the process by which knowledge functions as a form of power and disseminates the effects of power. There is an administration of knowledge, a politics of knowledge, relations of power which pass via knowledge and which, if one tries to transcribe them, lead one to consider forms of domination designated by such notions as field, region and territory.

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James D. Sidaway , Elaine Le Ho , Jonathan D. Rigg , and Chih Yuan Woon , “Area Studies and Geography: Trajectories and Manifesto,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34 (2016): 777

Alexander B. Murphy and John O'Loughlin , “New Horizons for Regional Geography,” Eurasian Geography and Economics 50 (2009)

Natalie Koch , “‘Building Glass Refrigerators in the Desert’: Discourses of Urban Sustainability and Nation Building in Qatar,” Urban Geography 35 (2014): 1118

Natalie Koch , “The Shifting Geopolitics of Higher Education: Inter/Nationalizing Elite Universities in Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and Beyond,” Geoforum 56 (2014): 4654

Neha Vora and Natalie Koch , “Everyday Inclusions: Rethinking Ethnocracy, Kafala, and Belonging in the Arabian Peninsula,” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 15 (2015): 540

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International Journal of Middle East Studies
  • ISSN: 0020-7438
  • EISSN: 1471-6380
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