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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.

Field Observation: Looking at Paris
Field observation: Looking at Paris

One of the things that prospective students almost invariably inquire about a department of geography is where it goes on fieldwork. Fieldwork is regarded as an essential part of the education of a geographer, a time when the books are left behind and students get on with unmediated observation of the real world. It does not always live up to expectations.

Gillian Rose has described undergraduate field trips as, ‘The initiation ritual of the discipline’ (1993: 69). Then, citing Hart, ‘Geographers, like the mythical giant Anteus, derive their strength from contact with the earth … even though it may occasionally mean taking risks, living dangerously’ (1982 p. 24), she ties the field experience to the testing of ...

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