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p. 965. Geopolitics and objectslocked

  • Klaus Dodds


‘Geopolitics and objects’ explores the role and significance of objects in geopolitics. Geopolitical imaginations and practices are embedded and emboldened by their relationship to a vast array of things ranging from the flag, the pipeline, the map, the gun, waste, and even toys such as action men dolls. The pipeline as an object has been enormously productive of global energy geopolitics, but also indigenous geopolitics. Maps play an important role in the making of geopolitics, which exceeds their practical value in terms of locating places and helping users navigate more generally. Flags are powerful; they can be objects of geopolitical hate, strong accomplices to nation-state formation and national identity politics, and capable of being enrolled in counter-geopolitics.

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