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Authoritarianism has emerged as a prominent theme in popular and academic discussions of politics since the 2016 US presidential election and the coinciding expansion of authoritarian rhetoric and ideals across Europe, Asia, and beyond. Until recently, however, academic geographers have not focused squarely on the concept of authoritarianism. Its longstanding absence from the field is noteworthy as geographers have made extensive contributions to theorizing structural inequalities, injustice, and other expressions of oppressive or illiberal power relations and their diverse spatialities. Identifying this void, Spatializing Authoritarianism builds upon recent research to show that even when conceptualized as a set of practices rather than as a simple territorial label, authoritarianism has a spatiality: both drawing from and producing political space and scale in many often surprising ways. This volume advances the argument that authoritarianism must be investigated by accounting for the many scales at which it is produced, enacted, and imagined.

Including a diverse array of theoretical perspectives and empirical cases drawn from the Global South and North, this collection illustrates the analytical power of attending to authoritarianism’s diverse scalar and spatial expressions, and how intimately connected it is with identity narratives, built landscapes, borders, legal systems, markets, and other territorial and extraterritorial expressions of power.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. Natalie Koch
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction. Spatializing Authoritarianism
  2. Natalie Koch
  3. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Embedded Authoritarianism: The Construction of Local Ethnocracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Carl Thor Dahlman
  3. pp. 22-42
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  1. 2. "Informers Will Be Executed": Unpacking Dissident Republican Spatial Practices in Derry/Londonderry
  2. Sara McDowell
  3. pp. 43-60
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  1. 3. Geographies of Totalitarianism in Village, Town, and Countryside: Architecture, Landscape Design, and Spatial Planning in Nazi Germany
  2. Joshua Hagen
  3. pp. 61-84
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  1. 4. Academic Authoritarianism: Understanding Iran's Cultural Revolution
  2. Sanan Moradi
  3. pp. 85-106
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  1. 5. Spatial Development under Putin: Projects, Places, and People
  2. Robert Argenbright
  3. pp. 107-127
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  1. 6. Authoritarian Urbanism: Space, Law, and State Exceptionalism in Bangkok's Historic District
  2. Napong Tao Rugkhapan
  3. pp. 128-150
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  1. 7. Skopje's "White Palace" Party Headquarters: Architecture, Urban Design, and Power in North Macedonia
  2. Suzanne Harris-Brandts
  3. pp. 151-173
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  1. 8. Urban Megaprojects in Morocco: The Globalization and Agencification of Authoritarian Government
  2. Koenraad Bogaert
  3. pp. 174-193
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  1. 9. "On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences"American Nationalism and the Trump Cult
  2. Natalie Koch
  3. pp. 194-221
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  1. 10. Limited Inclusion: The Spatiality of Resilient Authoritarianism upon Myanmar Migrants in Ruili, China
  2. Xiaobo Su
  3. pp. 222-239
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  1. 11. Spatial Authoritarianism in Mexico: Locating Authoritarian Enclaves
  2. Samuel Henkin and Marcus Boyd
  3. pp. 240-259
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  1. 12. "Why Don't You Just Kick Out the Foreigners?": Authoritarian Answers to the Housing Question in Leipzig, East Germany
  2. Peter Bescherer and Leon Reichle
  3. pp. 260-278
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  1. 13. Housing Authoritarianism in Brazil: A View from the Urban Periphery of Belo Horizonte
  2. Peter Bescherer and Leon Reichle
  3. pp. 279-296
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  1. 14. The Struggle for Istanbul: Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey
  2. Aysegul Can
  3. pp. 297-317
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  1. 15. Tracing Practices of Coercion and Consent in and beyond Oaxaca: Multiscalar Perspectives on the Authoritarian City
  2. Alke Jenss
  3. pp. 318-337
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  1. 16. Authoritarianism Recalibrated: The COVID-19 Crisis and the Reproduction of One-Party Dominance in Singapore
  2. Kean Fan Lim
  3. pp. 338-355
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  1. 17. Resisting COVID-19 Authoritarianism: The Spatial, Performative, and Artistic Politics of the 2020 Protest Movement in Israel
  2. Yael Allweil
  3. pp. 356-381
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  1. Conclusion: Authoritarian Spatialities
  2. Natalie Koch
  3. pp. 382-388
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 389-394
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-401
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