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Mitchell, Don (1961–)

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

Don Mitchell is well known for his significant contributions to the field of cultural geography. Mitchell received his PhD from Rutgers University in 1992 and is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Award and Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. His scholarship revolves around investigating the way people think and live their lives in particular places, and the associated networks of power that those relationships entail. He focuses on issues related to migrant labor and agricultural landscapes, urban public spaces, the homeless and hungry, and other marginal populations in U.S. cities.

Mitchell approaches ideas and theories of culture through a broadly Marxist and radical framework, exposing the various ways “culture” is revealed in the landscape through social ...

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