Wiley has released the early view of our co-authored statement of an editorial direction for the political geography section of Geography Compass. In the essay, An active role for political geography in our current conjuncture, Kevin Grove and I describe the contours of a situation of ascendant illiberalism within which political geographers might, as we have it,
“[map] the social relations and historical processes that have come together to form our current conjuncture, and from out of which practical solutions to concrete problems might reasonably be sought” (p. 1).
Our discussion of ascendant illiberalism situates particular instances in more widespread tendencies, as we see in other commentary. For example, in this Democracy Now report on the recent election in Brazil, Brazilian history scholar James Green characterizes the Jair Bolsonaro victory in Brazil as part of “an international trend.” Our argument about political strategy also echoes recent arguments (e.g., of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva in a new issue of the journal Social Currents) that, “the fight for democracy in [our present] cannot be equated with an effort to return to ‘politics as usual’.” As we have it,
“a[n] inattention to how our conjuncture has in fact emerged upon a terrain defined in part by ubiquitous rituals of neo/liberal politicking will likely function as an obstacle for any efforts to elaborate and enact strategic challenges to these regimes” (p. 1).
We accordingly propose to shape the political geography section of Geography Compass as
“an outlet for political‐geographical scholarship that is opened to the world and engaged, both in mapping the processes that come together in our current conjuncture and also thoughtfully reconfiguring the ground on which we enact politics” (p. 3).
The essay can be found here.