The Cultural Geography Reader
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The Cultural Geography Reader draws together fifty-two classic and contemporary abridged readings that represent the scope of the discipline and its key concepts. Readings have been selected based on their originality, accessibility and empirical focus, allowing students to grasp the conceptual and theoretical tools of cultural geography through the grounded research of leading scholars in the field. Each of the eight sections begins with an introduction that discusses the key concepts, its history and relation to cultural geography and connections to other disciplines and practices. Six to seven abridged book chapters and journal articles, each with their own focused introductions, are also included in each section.
The readability, broad scope, and coverage of both classic and contemporary pieces from the US and UK makes The Cultural Geography Reader relevant and accessible for a broad audience of undergraduate students and graduate students alike. It bridges the different national traditions in the US and UK, as well as introducing the span of classic and contemporary cultural geography. In doing so, it provides the instructor and student with a versatile yet enduring benchmark text.
styles within the great central expanses of the country to produce a recognizably national group of building types; and the pervasive new modes of communication and manufacturing had started to iron out regional departures from mass norms. For the past century or so, domestic building styles are closely correlated with date, and are much more sensitive to rate of diffusion down a social or cultural hierarchy than to territorial location, Yet, however standardized American building practices may
Italy, proving Welsh links with seafaring European nations and the process of cultural diffusion along the western seaways. It should be stressed that Fleure challenged notions of racial purity and that his analysis of Welsh physical types was based in large part on the effects of culture contact and mixing. He consistently attacked the idea of national types, arguing in 1922 that all humans were sinister political propaganda. Whilst there is an ongoing debate about the historiography of
anti-German association) has been connected with uses involving claims to superior knowledge (cf. the noun intellectual), refinement (culchah) and distinctions between ‘high’ art (culture) and popular art and entertainment. It thus records a real social history and a very difficult and confused phase of social and cultural development. It is interesting that the steadily extending social and anthropological use of culture and cultural and such formations as sub-culture (the culture of a
1984, p. 93] evocatively characterised as being “as blind as two lovers in each other’s arms,” one answer is to try to construct a sensitively structured technique through which research subjects can find a space for reflecting upon these practices. [...] Slowly it dawned on me that, if the world could productively be viewed in terms of sets of practical performances and enactments, the research process itself could, too, be framed as a kind of performance. . . . 5 PERFORMING RESEARCH: PART TWO
culture that the higher the point it has attained the more obscure are its beginnings. For it is always turning over its own soil, and the new life destroys the remains of the old upon which it has come into bloom. In the soil of the Old World civilizations, stone implements alone testify of earlier conditions. But as we know not the age of the stone tools and weapons found in the earth, so we do not know the circumstances of those who used them. They give no clear answer to questions as to the