Geography and Biopolitics


Correspondence address: Stephanie Rutherford, Environmental & Resource Studies/Sciences Trent University, 1600 West Bank Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B8 Canada. E-mail:


This article is the second of a two-part exploration of the question of biopolitics and its importance to social geography. First, this paper examines two main threads—biopolitical geopolitics and vital geographies—to think about the different ways this analytical register has been applied. Next, we draw on our own research and that of others to suggest the possibilities for an affirmative biopolitics. Finally, we contend that geography is well-placed to continue pushing the boundaries of biopolitical research, with particular reference to an area that has received little attention thus far: biopolitics and the non-human.