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Edited byS. Chari, T. Jazeel, K. McKittrick, J.Pickerill and N.Theodore
Publication details
1.915 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Antipode
ISSN0066-4812 (print)
1467-8330 (web)
OCLC no.39738266

Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published five times per year by Wiley-Blackwell and produced by The Antipode Foundation. Its coverage centers on critical human geography and it seeks to encourage radical spatial theorizations based on Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonial, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought. Originally inspired by the social justice movements of the 1960s, the journal supports progressive causes through the work of the Antipode Foundation, a UK registered charity. Antipode is also known for its online "Interventions", its book series, and its diverse workshops and lectures. The chief co-editors are Sharad Chari, Tariq Jazeel, Katherine McKittrick, Jenny Pickerill and Nik Theodore.[1]


Antipode was founded in 1969 by a group of graduate students and junior faculty of the Geography Department at Clark University. It was conceived at the end of a graduate seminar led by David Stea as an attempt to address the pressing issues of the time.[2] The geographers were inspired by movements of the 1960s such as the protests against the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the increasing concern for pollution and environmental deterioration. They sought to produce a "radical geography": one that would directly address the root causes of the major societal issues of the time. Embedded in this project was an attempt to reorient the discipline of geography itself, reworking its relationship with social change and intellectual inquiry.[3] [4]

The first issue of Antipode began with a statement written by David Stea:

"We are soliciting articles for a journal that in future issues may damn articles and journal alike. For the moment, traditional communication media are being used for the dissemination of non-traditional ideas.

Our goal is radical change – replacement of institutions and institutional arrangements in our society that can no longer respond to changing societal needs, that stifle attempts to provide us with a more viable pattern for living, that often serve no other purpose than perpetuating themselves. We do not seek to replace existing institutions with others which will inevitably take the same form; rather, we look to a new ordering of means in accordance with a new set of goals."[3] 

In its early years, the journal was independently published and it relied heavily on the unpaid labor of graduate students. Publications were not peer-reviewed and were often solicited from sympathetic authors. The editing and formatting of the Journal was conducted in a basement office and illustrations were hand drawn, mimeographed, and glued by hand. Copies of the journal were then individually addressed and mailed to subscribers.[4]

In the 1970s, under the editorship of Richard Peet, the Journal reflected a growing engagement with Marxist political economy. During this time, the support of well-known academics, such as David Harvey and Richard Morrill, was crucial to the Journal's development, particularly when it came under attack from more established sectors of the discipline.[4] In 1971, the journal would publish David Harvey's "Revolutionary and Counter Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation,"[5] a landmark paper in the rise of Marxist geography and critical human geography.[6] Feminist geography appeared first in Antipode, then in other journals, an article by Alison Hayford, "The Geography of Women: An Historical Introduction."[7]

Phil O'Keefe, who co-edited the journal with Kirsten Johnson from 1978 to 1980, outlined a plan to professionalize the journal. In 1980 the journal adopted a peer-reviewed format and in 1985 co-editors Eric Sheppard and Joe Doherty negotiated a publishing contract with Blackwell (now Wiley-Blackwell) publishing company.[8][4] This move has been criticized as corporatizing the journal and undermining the intentions set out by the journal's founders.[9][10] Nonetheless, the journal has flourished in the subsequent decades and it seeks to "continue to push Geography's radical and critical edge" while remaining self-critical.[1]

Today Antipode is widely regarded as one of the most influential academic journals in the discipline of geography.[11] The Antipode Foundation Ltd., registered July 2011 in England and Wales, manages the production of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography as well as several other projects promoting and supporting critical human geography. The foundation organizes the Institute for the Geographies of Justice, the Scholar-Activist Project Awards, the Antipode Book Series, and a diverse array of lectures and workshops including the well-attended AAG Antipode Lecture.[1]

Notable articles


Name[4][1] Years
Ben Wisner 1969-1970
Richard Peet 1970-1978, 1978-1985
Phil O'Keefe 1978-1980
Kirsten Johnson 1978-1980
Eric Sheppard 1986-1991
Joe Doherty 1986-1992
Richard Walker 1991-1999
Linda McDowell 1993-1999
Jamie Peck 2000-2003
Jane Wills 2000-2003
Noel Castree 2004-2009
Melissa Wright 2004-2009
Paul Chatterton 2009-2013
Vinay Gidwani 2009-2014
Nik Heynen 2009-2013
Wendy Larner 2009-2013
Rachel Pain 2009-2011
Sharad Chari 2012–present
Tariq Jazeel 2014–present
Katherine McKittrick 2012–present
Jenny Pickerill 2013–present
Nik Theodore 2013–present

Note: Since 2009, Antipode has been edited by a committee of five members serving non-renewable terms lasting up to five years.[17]

Abstracting and indexing

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  1. ^ a b c d "Antipode Foundation Ltd". 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  2. ^ Mathewson, K; Stea, D (2003). "In memorium: James M. Blaut (1927-2000)". Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 93 (1): 214–222. doi:10.1111/1467-8306.93113. S2CID 129704127.
  3. ^ a b Stea, David (1969). "Positions, Purposes, Pragmatics: A Journal of Radical Geography". Antipode. 1: 1–2. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.1969.tb00383.x.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Antipode - Past Editors' Reflections - Wiley Online Library". doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8330. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b Harvey, David (1972). "Revolutionary and Counter Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation". Antipode. 4 (2): 1–3. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.1972.tb00486.x. hdl:10214/1818. S2CID 53349338.
  6. ^ Villanueva, Joaquin (2016). "Did we Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?".
  7. ^ Barney Warf, ed., Encyclopedia of Geography (Sage: 2010) p. 618
  8. ^ Peake, Linda; Sheppard, Eric (2015). "The Emergence of Radical/Critical Geography within North America". ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 13 (2): 305–327.
  9. ^ Waterstone, Marvin (2002). "A Radical Journal of Geography or A Journal of Radical Geography?". Antipode. 34 (4): 662–666. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00262.
  10. ^ Hague, Euan (2002). "Intervention Roundtable Antipode, Inc?". Antipode. 34 (4): 655–661. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00261.
  11. ^ Martin, R (2001). "Editorial: Of publishers and popularisers". Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. New Series. 26 (1): 3–6. doi:10.1111/1475-5661.00001. S2CID 145390210.
  12. ^ Hayford, Alison M (1974). "The Geography of Women: An Historical Introduction". Antipode. 6 (2): 1–19. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.1974.tb00590.x.
  13. ^ Katz, C (2001). "Vagabond Capitalism and the Necessity of Social Reproduction". Antipode. 33 (4): 709–728. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00207. S2CID 32317370.
  14. ^ Smith, N (2002). "New globalism, new urbanism: Gentrification as global urban strategy". Antipode. 34 (3): 427–450. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00249. S2CID 53409523.
  15. ^ Peck, J; Tickell, A (2002). "Neoliberalizing space" (PDF). Antipode. 34 (3): 380–404. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00247.
  16. ^ Swyngedouw, E; Heynen, N (2003). "Urban political ecology, justice and the politics of scale". Antipode. 35 (5): 898–918. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2003.00364.x.
  17. ^ "Antipode Foundation Ltd. – Trustees' Annual Report for the year ended 30 April 2012" (PDF). 2012.