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Cultural Geography

  • By: Patricia L. Price
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Cultural geography is a major subfield of human geography focusing on the spatial expression, representation, and negotiation of the experience of being in the world. Because the definition of culture itself is controversial and because the historical trajectory of cultural geography varies both by place and by approach, cultural geography contains within it a variety of perspectives. Contemporary cultural geography experiences a continuity of enduring themes and the addition of new topics.

What is Culture?

One of the most vexing aspects of cultural geography is the difficulty of defining its object of study: culture. In this, cultural geographers and cultural anthropologists share a similar dilemma, with the result that various attempts to define culture have long crossed disciplinary boundaries between geography and anthropology. In fact, it was ...

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