By Donald Mitchell
This ebook offers a severe assessment of the transformation of cultural geography which has happened over the last twenty years. Cultural Geography explains cultural switch in several geographical settings, from the politics of lifestyle to the creation and intake of landscapes, to the politics of sexuality, gender, race, and nationality.
- Analyses contemporary ameliorations in cultural geographic thought, while salvaging the main precious facets of older traditions.
- Encourages debate over the ideology of tradition, the creation of price and the function of cultural fight in reproducing social life.
- Illustrates cultural geographic concept utilizing examples of up to date "culture wars".
- Adopts an method that's either available and significant to the complicated pupil, by way of concerning tough strategies to modern issues.
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CULTURE WARS 25 Social Darwinism through his own methodological pronouncements three decades later. In addition to thoroughly eschewing the racist implications of determinism, Boas sought to explore the particular ways in which the natural and social environ ment both conditioned and was conditioned by cultural interaction in a bounded society.
Crucial, contingent as they were on those altered habits, induced by environmental change, that produced different behavior patterns" (Livingstone 1992: 188). As a neo-Lamarckian enterprise, then, environ mental determinism argued that the causal mechanisms for cultural behavior were to be found in the environment. Certain environmental conditions created certain habits; and, crucially, these habits were then transmitted naturally to successive generations. Environmental determinism, a species of neo-Lamarckiasm, thus held l 7 IL should be noted that this second strain carried with it the seeds of a cultural relativism that is reflected in some of the definitions outlined above; this relativism, developed most fully in anthropology.
My own sense, however, is that in order for us to understand why we think the way we do now (as geographers) it is essential to understand the historical and social foundations of our thought. Doing geography is no simple exercise in just explaining the truth. Instead, it is an exercise in bringing to bear a set of tools, notions, political commit ments, and ways of thinking that themselves have been conditioned either positively or negatively - by those people and issues that have come before us.