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 4: Marx and After
Marx and After
Marxist thought occupies a very important position in contemporary cultural geography, even though the number of people who would unhesitatingly label themselves ‘Marxist’ is dwindling. The realization that much could usefully be borrowed from cultural studies, with its heavy reliance on the Gramscian notion of cultural hegemony, marked the break from the old superorganicist approach.
The ‘new’ cultural geography recognizes that culture is always political. It is not a matter of dragging politics into culture; it is rather that meanings, values and cultural practices are always and already political. Don Mitchell (2000) makes this crystal clear in his critical introduction to the subject.