With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.
Chapter 2: Cultural Geography: An Account
Cultural Geography: An Account
Human geography, no less than other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, has been swept by the energy of a ‘cultural turn’ in the past two decades. In its wake, geography's disciplinary engagement with culture has been redistributed well beyond the concerns of those who identify themselves as ‘cultural’ geographers per se. There have even been suggestions that ‘the cultural’ has colonized human geography, as economic, political and social geographers inform their analyses with questions of discourse, identity, meaning and representation (e.g. Barnett, 1998; Crang, 1997; Peach, 2002; Sayer, 1994). Cultures of labour, money, consumption, geopolitical cultures, and culture/nature are just some of the titles of sections in the Handbook of Cultural Geography (Anderson et al., 2002) ...