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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.
Chapter 11: Using Archives
Historical cultural geography based on archival research has arguably been at the forefront of theoretical advances in geography in recent times. Driver has noted that: ‘any division between non-historical human geography, oriented to the present, and an historical geography oriented to the past can no longer be sustained … thinking historically … is an essential part of doing human geography’ (1988a p. 504). Archives are the primary sources of historical information, much of which may be useful in researching previous cultural landscapes and lifestyles. However, archives may also contain important information pertaining to contemporary culture.
The records contained in archives are made and used in accordance with organizational routines, and depend for their intelligibility on shared cultural assumptions. More politically, archives can also ...