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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

ISBN: 978-0-470-65559-7
568 pages
April 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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**Named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title**

Combining coverage of key themes and debates from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives, this authoritative reference volume offers the most up-to-date and substantive analysis of cultural geography currently available. 

  • A significantly revised new edition covering a number of new topics such as biotechnology, rural, food, media and tech, borders and tourism, whilst also reflecting developments in established subjects including animal geographies
  • Edited and written by the leading authorities in this fast-developing discipline, and features a host of new contributors to the second edition
  • Traces the historical evolution of cultural geography through to the very latest research
  • Provides an international perspective, reflecting the advancing academic traditions of non-Western institutions, especially in Asia
  • Features a thematic structure, with sections exploring topics such as identities, nature and culture, and flows and mobility
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Notes on Contributors ix

1 Introduction 1
Nuala C. Johnson, Richard H. Schein, and Jamie Winders

Theoretical Dispatches 15

2 Postcolonialism 17
Tariq Jazeel

3 Poststructuralism 23
John Paul Jones III

4 Feminist Theory 29
Mary E. Thomas and Patricia Ehrkamp

5 Materialities 32
Hayden Lorimer

6 Affect 36
Deborah Dixon and Elizabeth R. Straughan

7 Historical Materialism 39
Don Mitchell

Foundations 43

8 Cultural Geography in Practice 45
Catherine Nash

9 Critical “Race” Approaches 57
Audrey Kobayashi

10 Gender 73
Geraldine Pratt and Berrak Çavlan Erengezgin

11 Social Class: Position, Place, Culture, and Meaning 88
Linda McDowell

12 Geographies of Sexualities: The Cultural Turn and After 105
Natalie Oswin

13 Place 118
Patricia L. Price

14 Nationalism 130
John Agnew

15 Object Lessons: From Batholith to Bookend 146
Caitlin DeSilvey

Landscapes 159

16 Economic Landscapes 161
Niall Majury

17 Political Landscapes 173
Nuala C. Johnson

18 Landscapes of Memory and Socially Just Futures 186
Derek H. Alderman and Joshua F.J. Inwood

19 Consumption and Landscape 198
Mona Domosh

20 Landscape and Justice 209
Tom Mels and Don Mitchell

21 Rural Landscapes 225
Paul Cloke

22 Seeing Seeing Seeing the Legal Landscape 238
David Delaney

23 Aging 250
Elizabeth A. Gagen

24 Children/Youth 264
Meghan Cope

25 Urban Landscapes 278
Tim Bunnell

26 Domesticities 290
Robyn Dowling and Emma R. Power

Natures/Cultures 305

27 Choosing Metaphors for the Anthropocene: Cultural and Political Ecologies 307
Paul Robbins

28 Biotechnologies and Biomedicine 320
Bronwyn Parry

29 Animal Geographies 332
Jamie Lorimer and Krithika Srinivasan

30 Food‘s Cultural Geographies: Texture, Creativity, and Publics 343
Ian Cook, Peter Jackson, Allison Hayes-Conroy, Sebastian Abrahamsson, Rebecca Sandover, Mimi Sheller, Heike Henderson, Lucius Hallett, Shoko Imai, Damian Maye, and Ann Hill

31 Environmental Histories 355
Robert M. Wilson

32 Science Wars 371
David N. Livingstone

Circulations/Networks/Fixities 385

33 From Global Dispossession to Local Repossession: Towards a Worldly Cultural Geography of Occupy Activism 387
Matthew Sparke

34 Political Moves: Cultural Geographies of Migration and Difference 409
Rachel Silvey

35 Mappings 423
Jeremy W. Crampton

36 Landscape, Locative Media, and the Duplicity of Code 437
Andrew Boulton and Matthew Zook

37 Affect and Emotion 452
Ben Anderson

38 Tourism 465
Chris Gibson

39 Borders and Border-Crossings 478
Anssi Paasi

40 The Imperial Present: Geography, Imperialism, and its Continued Effects 494
John Morrissey

41 Postcolonialism 508
Declan Cullen, James Ryan, and Jamie Winders

Index 524

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Nuala C. Johnson is a Reader in Geography at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. An historical geographer with research interests that include the relationships between identity politics, memory and representation, as well as the role of aesthetics in the making of scientific spaces. Dr Johnson is the author of Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens (2011);  Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance (2003); and she is  editor of Culture and Society (2008).

Richard H. Schein is Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he also is a member of the Committee on Social Theory and the American Studies Faculty. He is a cultural and historical geographer interested in the place of land and landscape in the processes of everyday life. His work often is focused on the racialized US south, and especially in urban settings. He is the editor of Landscape and Race in United States (2006).

Jamie Winders is Associate Professor in Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,  Syracuse University, USA. An urban social geographer with a focus on social theory and qualitative methods, she has published widely in geography and related fields on international migration, racial politics, urban governance, postcolonial theory, pedagogy, and historical geography.

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“In general, this aim is well accomplished. In many senses, it is an astonishing achievement to bring together such a wide portfolio of scholars working with the culturally geographical field (forty one chapters in total). The diversity of approaches, styles, and themes provided therein illustrates the breadth, depth, and variety of geographies that converge around the nexus of ‘culture.’…The editors make it clear that all chapters in the Companion were specially commissioned for this volume, and the quality and substance of the materials offered by the contributors are consistently high. Although some authors also appear in the 2004 version, each chapter is positioned squarely to comment on the state of cultural geography in the second decade of the twenty-first century…It represents a contemporary rearrangement of the ‘furniture’ of the discipline, moving things and theories around to suit the fashion and the mood of our time. We all benefit from such periodic rearrangement. Such rebooting provides us with new perspectives, novel vantage points, and different ideas, as familiar positions rub together and produce something creative and challenging. In this process, we are reminded of the vibrancy, potential, and importance of the scholarly work in cultural geography. This volume, therefore, is an indispensable Companion. Its contents function as an excellent course reader, complete as it is with more advanced readings for the curious and the challenged. To mix my own metaphors (and borrowing from Jones, this volume, p. 26), this volume represents an artifactual ‘conference’ on cultural geography, commissioning the best, the brightest, and the most belligerent to give their most illuminating insights into the now of the discipline.”  (Social & Cultural Geography, November 2013)

“The Companion to Cultural Geography is a useful starting point for students and researchers and its contents succeed in capturing much of the vibrancy and relevance of current work in cultural geography.”  (Journal of Cultural Geography, 27 February 2014)

“The collected bibliographies alone make this an important library holding and a very useful source to support new learning in cultural geography.  Summing Up: Essential.  Upper-division undergraduates and above.  (Choice, 1 November 2013)

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