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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.

Representation of Research: Creating a Text
Representation of research: Creating a text

For too much of the time learning is a sponge-like activity, soaking up other people's material and then squeezing out the same stuff. Thirty years ago C. Wright Mills (1970) urged young sociologists to write something, anything, every day, not just to record facts or to exercise their writing skills, but to develop what he called a ‘sociological imagination’. This use of ‘imagination’ has gained currency because it captures so well the twin aspects of what any creative person tries to achieve: an image of something which already exists in the world and the conception (in both senses) of something new. Cocteau (1947), playing with two words for ‘writing’, maintained that, ‘Écrire est un ...

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