Re-Orientating Vertical Geopolitics

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Publication type Article
JournalGeopolitics
Year2013
Volume18
Issue1
Pages225-246
ISSN (print)1465-0045
ISSN (electronic)1557-3028
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Geopolitics has a tradition of adopting a downward looking view-from-above, which is imbued with an imperialistic ‘god's eye’ perspective. Although acknowledged and critiqued, this paper argues that it needs to be actively re-orientated to encompass the discourses and practices of looking up. The paper analyses the practices of looking up and surveilling the sky through which air defence is achieved. It interrogates the ways in which UK air defence is represented in official documents and analyses the activities of the Royal Air Force's Air Surveillance and Control System. The paper argues that this system enacts a vertical geopolitics that goes beyond those understood in other geopolitical literatures and offers suggestions for developing our understandings of a volumetric vertical geopolitics that recognises the aerial view as generated from below as well as from above.
PublisherRoutledge
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2012.717237
DOI10.1080/14650045.2012.717237
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