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Class, Nature and

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

Taken separately, class and nature constitute two of the most significant categories of analysis within the geographical tradition. As a marker of different forms of social stratification, class has provided a key fulcrum around which political and economic geographers have sought to understand the life paths taken and “life chances” presented to different people. As a complex indicator of both the essential essence of existence and the environmental fabric of being, nature has provided a multidimensional lens for geographers exploring areas as diverse as race relations, the colonial imagination, and late modern forms of environmental change. In these contexts, both class and nature embody key objects of analysis that geographers seek to understand and, at the same time, important conceptual categories for interpreting the operation ...

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