Handbook of Cultural Geography

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Kay Anderson
SAGE, 2003 - Social Science - 580 pages
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'Having just read this book, cover to cover, I can honestly say that I have not felt so excited about the discipline of geography since i was in my first year at college.... Overall, therefore, this is a truly wonderful book and the first comprehansive analysis of the cultural turn tha geography has taken, the pitfalls which lie ahead and the course which needs to be chartered. Innovative, invigorating, passionate and groundbreaking, it makes you feel great about being a cultural geographer, even if you never knew you were one'

-Space and Polity

`I never expected to call a handbook compulsive reading, but this wonderful volume changed all my preconceptions of what cultural geographers can do. Absorbing and thought-provoking, this is collaborative intellectual work at its imaginative best; it situates, explains and questions cultural geography as a "style of thought" and in the process imparts such vitality and joy from thinking in that style that this reader wants to join in. This Handbook can inform and inspire anyone concerned in any way with cultural research today' - Meaghan Morris, Chair Professor of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

`The Handbook of Cultural Geography lives up to its name. It is a book about where things are, how people live, what life means and why events happen. It should be carried at all times by anyone who is curious about the world. Crammed within its covers is a wealth of detail about the power to make history and shape geography. This is a catalogue of the disagreements and alliances that shape the world, and of the politics (and costs) of engaging with that world.The book is comprehensive yet has depth, accessible as well as experimental, and challenging without being too daunting. Each page contains something that seems highly familiar yet curiously strange. The message of course is that what we normally take for granted is so strange. The achievement is that after reading the Handbook, the world will never seem "normal" again' - Susan J Smith, Ogilvie Professor of Geography, The University of Edinburgh

`A richly plural and impassioned re-presentation of cultural geography that eschews everything in the way of boundary drawing and fixity. A re-visioning of the field as "a set of engagements with the world," it contains a vibrant atlas of ever shifting possibilities. Throbbing with commitment, and un-disciplined in the most positive sense of that term, it is exactly what a handbook ought to be' - Professor Allan Pred, Department of Geography, University of California at Berkeley

`A handbook with attitude and purpose, bristling with vitality, openness, and novelty. Dispelling with fixtures, canons, and retrofits, an imaginative cast in the hands of four of the most exciting contemporary cultural geographers opens up the cultural plural - culture as distribution of things, as a way of life, as meaning, as doing, as power - to a new spatial sensibility concerned with the fluid and mobile, the broadest ecology of spatial surfaces, the everyday lived, and the impetus of experimental forcings. A wonderful display of the confident maturity and originality that contemporary geography brings to cultural studies' - Professor Ash Amin, Department of Geography, University of Durham

The Handbook of Cultural Geography presents a state of the art assessment of the key questions informing cultural geography. Emphasizing the intellectual diversity of the discipline, the Handbook presents a comprehensive statement of the relationship between the cultural imagination and the geographical imagination while also looking at resonances between cultural geography and other disciplines.

The work is cross-referenced throughout and presents a completely integrated overview of cultural geography. This will be an essential reference for any inquiry into how culture is spatially constituted and, equally, how geography is culturally constructed.

  

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Contents

A Rough Guide
1
RETHINKING THE SOCIAL
37
Reclaiming the Social in Social and Cultural Geography
43
Embodying Social Geography
58
Cultural Geographies of Transnationality
74
THE CULTURE OF ECONOMY
89
Cultures of Labour Work Employment Identity and Economic Transformations
98
Cultures of Money
116
Troubling the Place of Gender
325
AFTER EMPIRE
345
Critical Imperial and Colonial Geographies
354
Postcolonial Geographies of Place and Migration
369
Cultures and Spaces of Postcolonial Knowledges
381
BEYOND THE WEST
399
The West and Other Feminisms
405
Beyond EuroAmericanism Democracy and Postcolonialism
420

A Cultural Economic Geography of Production
131
Cultures of Consumption
147
CULTURENATURES
165
Geographies of Nature in the Making
168
Reanimating Cultural Geography
184
Inhabiting Landscapes and Natures
207
LANDSCAPE
227
Dead Labor and the Political Economy of Landscape California Living California Dying
233
Landscape and the European Sense of Sight Eyeing Nature
249
Landscape and the Obliteration of Practice
269
PLACING SUBJECTIVITIES
283
The Spatial Imperative of Subjectivity
290
Cultural Geographies of Racialization the Territory of Race
300
Queer Cultural Geographies Were Here Were Queer Were Over ThereToo
313
Alternative Modern Development as Cultural Geography
433
GEOPOLITICAL CULTURES
455
Boundaries in a Globalizing World
462
Gender in a Political and Patriarchal World
473
The Cultural Geography of Scale
485
Environmental Geopolitics Nature Culture Urbanity
498
SPACES OF KNOWLEDGE
511
The Culture of Epistemology
520
Knowledge and Geographys Technology Politics Ontologies Representations in the Changing Ways We Know
532
The Construction of Geographical Knowledge Racialization Spatialization
544
Contested Cultural Landscapes
557
Index
570
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Kay Anderson is a part-time Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. She is a leading, internationally recognised scholar in the fields of Cultural Geography and race historiography. Her sole-author book, Race and the Crisis of Humanism (Routledge 2007) won the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Critical Writing and her award-winningVancouver's Chinatown: Racial Discourse in Canada 1875-1980(McGill-Queens UP 1991) is in its 5th edition. She is co-editor ofEnvironment: Critical Essays in Human Geography (Ashgate 2008) and the Handbook of Cultural Geography (Sage 2002). She is an editorial board member of various journals includingCultural Geographies, Geographical Research, and City, and section editor on ‘Cultural and Social Geography’ for theEncyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier 2009).

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