GEOG 2260 Lecture Notes - Cultural Geography, Identity Politics, Eurocentrism

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Doing research = engaging in these debates. Different methodological approaches stem from different philosophical positions. Philosophy is to research as grammar is to language. Determine laws to explain/predict human behaviour via observable data & value-free research. Cultural geography example: establishing laws of cultural influence by testing relationship between culture & educational achievement. Reconstruct individual worlds through describing human action, meaning, values. Cultural geography example: describing cultural meanings of & experiences with art. Explain society through focus on political-economic structures. Cultural geography example: explain marginalization within capitalist labour market that limits socio-economic growth base on gender, race or cultural identity. Explain society through focus on gender relations of power. Cultural geography example: explore men & women"s identity politics, explaining differences via gendered system. Explain society by deconstructing multiple messages & recognizing difference: more concerned with language, text and power. Cultural geography example: explore social construction of race, taking it out of the normalized socio-spatial- historical contexts.

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