Human geographers have been at the forefront of research that examines the relationships between space, culture and society. This volume contains twenty-one essays, published over the past thirty years, that are iconic instances of this investigative field. With a focus on four broad themes - landscape, identity, colonialism, nature - these essays represent some of the best and most innovative interventions that geographers have made on these topics. From the visual to the corporeal, from rural Ceylon to urban America and from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, this volume brings together a set of theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded works.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Spaces of Interpretation: Landscape and the obliteration of practice, Tim Cresswell. Part II Landscapes and Cultures: The myth and the stones of Venice: an historical geography of a symbolic landscape, Denis Cosgrove; Geography as an art, D.W. Meinig; Reclaiming vision: looking at landscape and the body, Catherine Nash; The place of landscape: a conceptual framework for interpreting an American scene, Richard H. Schein; Japanese landscape gardens in Edwardian England: landscape and transculturation, Setsu Tachibana, Stephen Daniels and Charles Watkins. Part III Making and Marking Identities: Urban graffiti as territorial markers, David Ley and Roman Cybriwsky; Monument and myth, David Harvey; Back to the land: historiography, rurality and the nation in inter-war Wales, Pyrs Gruffudd; Once-upon-a-time in the commodity world: an unofficial guide to the mall of America, Jon Goss; Gendered politics and nationalised homes: women and the anti-colonial struggle in Delhi, 1930-47, Stephen Legg. Part IV Space, Imperialism and Postcolonialism: Between the book and the lamp: imaginative geographies of Egypt, 1849-50, Derek Gregory; Kooramindanjie: place and the postcolonial,Jackie Huggins, Rita Huggins and Jane M. Jacobs; Paradise or pandemonium? West African landscapes in the travel accounts of Victorian women, Cheryl McEwan; Embodying colonialism? Domination and resistance in 19th-century Ceylonese coffee plantations, James S. Duncan; Colonialism's afterlife: vision and visuality on the Northwest coast, Bruce Braun. Part V Cultures of Nature and Science: Science, observation and entertainment: competing visions of post-war British natural history television, 1946-1967, Gail Davies; 'Illusory riches': representations of the tropical world, 1840-1950, David Arnold; Race, space and moral climatology: notes toward a genealogy, David N. Livingstone; Cultures of knowledge: investigating intellectual property rights and relations in the Pacif