This book provides a critical evaluation of the transformation of
cultural geography which has occurred over the past two decades.
"Cultural Geography" explains cultural change in different
geographical settings, from the politics of everyday life to the
production and consumption of landscapes, to the politics of
sexuality, gender, race, and nationality. Using a range of
contemporary "culture wars" as examples - ranging from a struggle
over public art in Denver to the politics of Jean-Marie le Pen in
France - the author illustrates how cultural geographic analysis
can be an important tool for understanding, and progressively
intervening in contemporary cultural change.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I considers the
historical development of cultural geography and the critical
examination of cultural theory, both within geography and other
fields from which geographers draw.
The second part of the book explores the most traditional of
cultural geography's research foci - the landscape. It examines
what a landscape is, what it means, and how we should understand
its production and use.
The final part of the book comprises five chapters that explore
different aspects of cultural politics. Moving between the
practices of control and resistance in each chapter, Mitchell shows
how cultural meaning, and the spaces in which we live, are
continually struggled over.
Writing with the needs of advanced undergraduates and
post-graduates in mind, Mitchell unravels complex ideas, yet at the
same time, challenges the reader to think critically about cultural
geography and about the cultural geographies that structure our
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