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Class, Geography and

  • By: Yvette Taylor
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

There has been somewhat of a resurgence of interest in class across disciplines, for example, in feminist theory, sociology, and geography. In the United States, there have been several rich, ethnographic accounts of the continued effect of social class, as it intersects with other social positions, all of which challenge the popular myth of North America as a classless society. In the United Kingdom, there has been a stronger tradition of researching class, moving away from initial economist models to more cultural approaches that aim to uncover the interconnected subjective, material, and spatial components of class. The geographical intersection with class emphasizes the ways in which class literally takes place, on and in the landscape. Classed geographies are embodied in individuals’ sense of place, in ...

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