cultural geography

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The study of the impact of human culture on the landscape; ‘the ways in which place and identity are embedded in a range of cultural landscapes, and the ways in which those social and material landscapes have reflected and influenced various experiences and notions of movement’ (Mains (2004) J. Cult. Geog. 22, 1). As things travel, their meanings and material nature can change; ‘things themselves therefore have complex cultural geographies’ (Crang in P. Cloke et al., eds 2006). ‘The new cultural geography constitutes a powerful expressive form, giving voice to the effects of dislocation, disembodiment, and localization that constitute contemporary social orders’ (Blair (1998) Am. Lit. Hist. 10, 3).

Mitchell (2002) Antipode 34, 2 gives a breezy account of cultural geography, later writing that ‘inequality, domination, oppression, exclusion, and power (and still the possibility for good lives despite all this)—at all scales from the household to the globe—are the true object of cultural geographic study’ (2004, J. Cult. Geog. 22, 1). Lorimer (2005) PHG29, 1 writes, somewhat diffusely, on the tendency for cultural analyses to cleave towards a conservative, categorical politics of identity and textual meaning, which can, he argues, be overcome ‘by allowing in much more of the excessive and transient aspects of living’. See Lorimer (2007) PHG31, 1 for more; see also K. Anderson et al., eds. (2004).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Social Sciences.

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