Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction

Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction

Paperback Critical Introductions to Geography

By (author) Donald Mitchell

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  • Publisher: Basil Blackwell Inc, US
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 252mm x 20mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2000
  • ISBN 10: 1557868921
  • ISBN 13: 9781557868923
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 580,158

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This book provides a critical evaluation of the transformation of cultural geography which has occurred over the past two decades. Cultural Geography explains cultural change in different geographical settings, from the politics of everyday life to the production and consumption of landscapes, to the politics of sexuality, gender, race, and nationality. * Analyses recent transformations in cultural geographic theory, whilst salvaging the most valuable aspects of older traditions. * Encourages debate over the ideology of culture, the production of value and the role of cultural struggle in reproducing social life. * Illustrates cultural geographic theory using examples of contemporary "culture wars". * Adopts an approach which is both accessible and meaningful to the advanced student, by relating difficult concepts to contemporary issues.

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Don Mitchell is Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. He has previously taught at the University of Colorado, has been North American Editor of the journal Ecumene and is on the editorial board of Antipode. In 1998 he was named as a MacArthur Fellow. He is the author of The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) as well as numerous journal articles.

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"Mitchell has written a significant and provocative book that deserves and rewards serious scrutiny." ANNALS of the Association of American Geographers " It is an important and timely book, emerging as cultural geography is being reassessed more than a decade after Peter Jackson's agenda [for the topic]...Overall this is a textbook providing a highyl readable introduction to a social/cultural geography for Undergraduates, very well illustrated with case study material. Mitchell's provocative style is refreshing ensuring students are forced to engage with his arguments and discuss them"

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This book provides a critical evaluation of the transformation of cultural geography which has occurred over the past two decades. "Cultural Geography" explains cultural change in different geographical settings, from the politics of everyday life to the production and consumption of landscapes, to the politics of sexuality, gender, race, and nationality. Using a range of contemporary "culture wars" as examples - ranging from a struggle over public art in Denver to the politics of Jean-Marie le Pen in France - the author illustrates how cultural geographic analysis can be an important tool for understanding, and progressively intervening in contemporary cultural change.The book is divided into three parts. Part I considers the historical development of cultural geography and the critical examination of cultural theory, both within geography and other fields from which geographers draw. The second part of the book explores the most traditional of cultural geography's research foci - the landscape. It examines what a landscape is, what it means, and how we should understand its production and use. The final part of the book comprises five chapters that explore different aspects of cultural politics. Moving between the practices of control and resistance in each chapter, Mitchell shows how cultural meaning, and the spaces in which we live, are continually struggled over.Writing with the needs of advanced undergraduates and post-graduates in mind, Mitchell unravels complex ideas, yet at the same time, challenges the reader to think critically about cultural geography and about the cultural geographies that structure our lives.

Table of contents

List of Figures. Acknowledgments. A Critical Introduction. Part I: The Politics of Culture:. Part II: The Political Landscape:. Part III: Cultural Politics:. Conclusion: Cultural Rights, Cultural Justice, Cultural Geography. Bibliography. Index