Nordia Geographical Publications (NGP) is an open access non-profit journal published by the Geographical Society of Northern Finland and the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu. NGP publishes yearly theme issues and the doctoral theses of the research unit. 

The scope of the journal covers empirical and theoretical interventions from any branch of geography. NGP particularly welcomes research that is committed to northern dimensions of human, physical and applied geography.

Open access NGP publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) license which ensures that authors retain full copyright to their work. The journal follows the peer review standards set by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) and it is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Scopus.

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Vol. 52 No. 1 (2023): The spatial politics of depoliticization: Visionary planning, bioeconomy, and forest capital
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Depoliticization is a pivotal political strategy that defines the contemporary governance of core capitalist democracies. This thesis asks how depoliticization manifests itself as a political strategy in the spatial restructuring of the Finnish state space. The differentiation of the economic and the political sphere and the resulting ecological dominance of “the economy” under capitalism provides a unique setting for depoliticization to appear in the form of economization. The thesis applies strategic-relational state theory and the theories of uneven development to examine depoliticization.

The overall contribution of the thesis reveals how the material interdependence of the political sphere with other societal spheres and the social totality of capitalist society produces a specific place for politics that conditions its operational autonomy. The normative critique of depoliticization should move from the level of critiquing politics to a critique of the social totality which produces a specific place for politics.


Published: 2023-05-05
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