© 2015

Geographies of Knowledge and Power

  • Peter Meusburger
  • Derek Gregory
  • Laura Suarsana

Part of the Knowledge and Space book series (KNAS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Derek Gregory, Peter Meusburger, Laura Suarsana
    Pages 1-18
  3. Nico Stehr
    Pages 75-88
  4. Róbert Győri, Ferenc Gyuris
    Pages 203-233
  5. Jürgen Wilke
    Pages 277-293
  6. Jo Reichertz
    Pages 315-331
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 333-347

About this book


Interest in relations between knowledge, power, and space has a long tradition in a range of disciplines, but it was reinvigorated in the last two decades through critical engagement with Foucault and Gramsci. This volume focuses on relations between knowledge and power. It shows why space is fundamental in any exercise of power and explains which roles various types of knowledge play in the acquisition, support, and legitimization of power. Topics include the control and manipulation of knowledge through centers of power in historical contexts, the geopolitics of knowledge about world politics, media control in twentieth century, cartography in modern war, the power of words, the changing face of Islamic authority, and the role of Millennialism in the United States. This book offers insights from disciplines such as geography, anthropology, scientific theology, Assyriology, and communication science.


Ancient near eastern politics Between omnipotence and powerlessness Control of knowledge through power Edward Ullmann Geopolitics of knowledge about world policies Global academic market Islamic authority and religious knowledge Language and social control Legitimization of power through knowledge Media control Militairy Imaginaries Monetary power complex Power and religion Power of communication Theologocal interpretations of power Walter Christaller

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Meusburger
    • 1
  • Derek Gregory
    • 2
  • Laura Suarsana
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information