A subaltern critical geopolitics of the war on terror: Postcolonial security in Tanzania

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Currently, hegemonic geographical imaginations are dominated by the affective geopolitics of the War on Terror, and related security practice is universalised into what has been called " globalized fear" (Pain, 2009). Critical approaches to geopolitics have been attentive to the Westerncentric nature of this imaginary, however, studies of non-Western perceptions of current geopolitics and the nature of fear will help to further displace dominant geopolitical imaginations. Africa, for example, is a continent that is often captured in Western geopolitics - as a site of failed states, the coming anarchy, passive recipient of aid, and so on - but geopolitical representations originating in Africa rarely make much of an impact on political theory.This paper aims to add to critical work on the so-called War on Terror from a perspective emerging from the margins of the dominant geopolitical imagination. It considers the geopolitical imagination of the War on Terror from a non-Western source, newspapers in Tanzania. ?? 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)297-305
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Critical geopolitics,Popular geopolitics,Postcolonialism,Tanzania

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