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Resources, violence and the telluric geographies of small wars


Korf, Benedikt (2011). Resources, violence and the telluric geographies of small wars. Progress in Human Geography, 35(6):733-756.

Abstract

A growing literature debates the proposition that insurgency in ‘small wars’ is primarily driven by opportunities to exploit or loot abundant natural resource and by feasibility factors. While recent studies on the geography of opportunity, feasibility and predation have qualified some of these broad claims, the literature is still in need of a better understanding of the micro-geographies of small wars. Through a critical discussion of this literature, I will argue for an analytics of ‘telluric geographies’ that studies the geography of rule, violence and affect in small wars.

A growing literature debates the proposition that insurgency in ‘small wars’ is primarily driven by opportunities to exploit or loot abundant natural resource and by feasibility factors. While recent studies on the geography of opportunity, feasibility and predation have qualified some of these broad claims, the literature is still in need of a better understanding of the micro-geographies of small wars. Through a critical discussion of this literature, I will argue for an analytics of ‘telluric geographies’ that studies the geography of rule, violence and affect in small wars.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:22 Dec 2011 16:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:13
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0309-1325
Publisher DOI:10.1177/0309132510394120
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52740

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