A Comparative Approach to the Geographies of Nationalism, Civilizationalism, and Populism

Authors: Corey Johnson*, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: nationalism, populism, political geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Virginia B, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper is based on a Fall 2018 graduate seminar on “Geographies of Nationalism and Populism,” in which participants developed an analytical framework and reported on case studies related to the topic. The paper reports on our findings, and it takes a broadly comparative and critical approach to the contemporary dynamics of national populism in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It looks at commonalities as well as distinctive characteristics of national populism in a range of geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Drawing on a range of theoretical literature in geography, sociology, and political science, the contours of the paper are shaped by seeking answers to the following questions: What are the relative merits of economic versus cultural explanations for the resurgence of national populism? Are there discernible geographical patterns to support for national populist political parties, and if so, what are they? What role do various forms of media play in explaining the spread of these movements? What role do various state and non-state actors play?

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