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The increased focus, from the 1990s onwards, on culture as a geographical agent and product: ‘a reorientation of human geography's interdisciplinary concerns toward the wide field of cultural studies’ (Barnett (1998) Antipode 30, 4). ‘It is because all human realities are expressed through cultures that a cultural turn was needed in geography’ (Claval (2007) Tijdschrift 98, 2). ‘With the cultural turn in economic geography, the emphasis on economic necessity…has been contested by an agency-orientated cultural reading’ that views engagement in such spaces as about the search for fun, sociality, distinction, discernment, the spectacular, and so forth, and more recently by a geographically sensitive approach that ascribes agency to affluent populations and economic rationales to deprived populations (Williams and Paddock (2003) Geografiska B 85, 3).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Sport and Leisure.


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