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Doing Cultural Geography is an introduction to cultural geography that integrates theoretical discussion with applied examples. The emphasis throughout is on doing. Recognizing that many undergraduates have difficulty with both theory and methods courses, the text demystifies the ‘theory’ informing cultural geography and encourages students to engage directly with theory in practice. It emphasizes what can be done with humanist, Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial theory, demonstrating that this is the best way to prompt students to engage with the otherwise daunting theoretical literature.

Extensive Methods: Using Secondary Data
Extensive methods: Using secondary data

A chapter on extensive methods within a cultural geography textbook would, at first glance, appear slightly out of place. As a close inspection of any one of the textbooks on the subject would reveal (see Shurmer-Smith and Hannam 1994; Crang 1998; Mitchell 2000), this is an area of research that receives very little attention in a predominantly interpretive subdiscipline. Yet, if we consider the role played by extensive data in the production/construction of knowledge about the social and cultural worlds we inhabit, it would appear that such information should be relevant to any student interested in cultural geography. For example, our understanding of key concepts such as ‘social class’ and ‘consumption’ is partially constructed through reference ...

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