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“This is an excellent and long overdue reference work for students of critical cultural geography. The editors set out the critical spirit of the book from the outset and signal the relevancy of cultural geographical studies for understanding the dynamic complexes of the worlds we live in and, moreover, for challenging the ways in which we research and represent those worlds:

‘The excitement of cultural geography lies in the ways that meanings and social understandings are constructed,
contested and negotiated, and in exploring the diverse ways these fuse and splinter around intersection notions of
culture, place and space. It lies in challenging theoretical arguments that pervade the field and that throw new light
on established ways of thinking geographically (p xv).’

This dual concern for writing the nuances of cultural geography and for questioning and disrupting conventional or essentialist ways of producing and presenting knowledges of space and culture is subsequently mirrored in all the contributions in the book. As Gear‚àö‚â•id ‚àö√¨ Tuathail succinctly reminds us in his chapter on geopolitics, geography is after all ‚Äö√Ñ√≤a geo-graphing, a form of ‚Äö√Ñ√∫writing the earth‚Äö√Ñ√π that necessarily involves culture, discourse and power/knowledge‚Äö√Ñ√¥ (p 65).”

Morrissey, J. (2006). Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts by David Atkinson, Peter Jackson, David Sibley and Neil Washbourne. Area, 38(4), 476-478. Retrieved May 5, 2008 from Academic Search Premier.

Posted on 05.05.08

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