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Wilfrid Laurier University
Margaret Walton- Roberts

Jessica Einwechter 110900190 Socializing Culture – Radicalizing the Social - Social geography has languished - Race and gender viewed through political economic lenses in 1970’s - Cultural studies: globalization - Culture can mean everything and nothing - Mitchell rejects the more idealist position that culture represents an assemblage of meanings and proposed instead tat we treat culture as the outgrowth of social relations - Cultural geography: has downgraded the importance of fieldwork and has too often come to think of empirical research as a question of perusing texts – magazines, adverts, movies, landscapes – for representations of this or that - Empirical research: necessarily informs the critique of ideology and is informed by it, but should not be confused for it Cartography – Cultures of Mapping: Power in Practice - Recent resurgence of public interest in the history of mapping, shown by the publication of mass market mapping tales relating biography to histories of cartography - Jester image: figured by its time, success dependent upon the very certainties it mocked, but it no longer resonates as it would to a sixteenth-century audience - Mapping tales: and their popularity attest to this view – biographical histories of cartography aimed at a mass market have sold well in the last few years - Everyday perceptions of the discipline do after all still emphasize factual information, not theory, and the map almost stands for the discipline itself - Geography in the street is still about maps and places - Many geographers who do profess a critical and cultural interest in the visual often ignore mapping - Mapping practices have been strangely absent from much recent theorizing about the visual - Crang argues that despite ongoing critique of the role of vision in the construction of geographical knowledge, almost all visual representations are still used as evidential support to theory - Mapping and visualizations have become increasingly marginalized from the mainstream of human geographic discourse, at the very time when GIS tools have allowed significant advances in scientific geographical analysis and the easy creation of data rich map displays - Contextual approaches have increasingly emphasized the interplay between history, geography and social or literary studies - Ethnographic approach reorientates theory so that mapping becomes a social activity, rather than an individual response 1 Jessica Einwechter 110900190 - Ethnographic studies have also focused upon the behavior of those creating contemporary interactive mapping - A critical trend is running in parallel to the increasing emphasis upon ethnographies of mapping practices: theorists are becoming more concerned with how the cultural practices of cartography might be unpacked, and with assessing the social significance of these actions and representations Political Geography Debates - Before 1492 cultural evolution in the eastern hemisphere was proceeding evenly across the landscape - After 1492 Europeans came to dominate the world, and they did because
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