The Cultural Geography Reader

The Cultural Geography Reader

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 0415418747

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.














features: brooks and groves of trees and smooth expanses of grass. The results were often extremely beautiful, but they were still pictures, though in three dimensions. The reliance on the artist’s point of view and his definition of landscape beauty persisted throughout the nineteenth century. [The nineteenth-century American landscape architect Frederick Law] Olmsted and his followers designed their parks 9780415418737_4_016.qxd 23/1/08 11:10 AM Page 155 THE WORD ITSELF and gardens in

ethnographers who contest the right of European and American scholars to tell the “truth” about their people, and the general loss of confidence in the possibility of objectivity that has attended poststructuralism and postmodernism. As anthropology’s most central and distinctive concept, “culture” has become a suspect term among critical anthropologists – who claim that both in academia and in public discourse, talk about culture tends to essentialize, exoticize, and stereotype those whose ways

manifestations of a much broader “linguistic turn” in the human sciences – a diverse but sweeping attempt to specify the structures of human symbol systems and to indicate their profound influence on human behavior. One thinks above all of such French “structuralist” thinkers as Roland Barthes, Jacques Lacan, or the early Michel Foucault. What all of these approaches had in common was an insistence on the systematic nature of cultural meaning and the autonomy of symbol systems – their

might gain a complete understanding of other people. The authors of the volume raised such questions about the production of knowledge and the questionable objectivity of ethnographic accounts by subjecting them to a textual critique. If culture, in other words, was similar to language (that is, a system of signs and meanings), as Geertz had initially suggested, then it was time to challenge it with the same poststructural theories of language that were being applied throughout the humanities

it, Ponsonby Road has evolved over the past couple of decades into a prosperous hospitality strip, home to over sixty restaurants, cafes, and bars. The road is a curiosity. Its architecture is almost uniformly shabby, notable only for the hard-nosed veracity with which it narrates the uninspired, sometimes bizarre, tastes of Auckland’s property owners over the past century. Single storey nineteenth-century weatherboard buildings – little more than sheds – share the road with freshly constructed

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