Doing Cultural Geography

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Pamela Shurmer-Smith
SAGE, Mar 28, 2002 - Social Science - 248 pages

Doing Cultural Geography

is an introduction to cultural geography that integrates theoretical discussion with applied examples. The emphasis throughout is on doing. Recognizing that many undergraduates have difficulty with both theory and methods courses, the text demystifies the theory informing cultural geography and encourages students to engage directly with theory in practice. It emphasizes what can be done with humanist, Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial theory, demonstrating that this is the best way to prompt students to engage with the otherwise daunting theoretical literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The trouble with theory
11
Humanistic and behavioural geography
19
Marx and after
29
Poststructuralist cultural geography
41
Feminist cultural geography
53
Postcolonial geographies
67
Selecting topics for study
81
Participant observation
139
Interviews and focus groups
151
Field observation looking at Paris
165
Feminist methodology
177
Coping with archival and textual data
189
Handling case studies
199
Representation of research creating a text
211
Concluding thoughts
223

Methods and methodology
95
Extensive methods using secondary data
101
Using archives
113
Reading texts
123

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