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By Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, Ruth Panelli

This quantity strains the complexity of social geography in either its historic and current contexts, while hard readers to mirror significantly at the tensions that run via social geographic thought.

• prepared to supply a brand new set of conceptual lenses wherein social geographies could be discussed;

• provides an unique intervention into the debates approximately social geography;

• Highlights the significance of social geography in the broader box of geography.

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Culture was equated with custom; cultural diversity as an unqualified good. 407). 4 The current agenda of cultural geography in the United States is still dominated by Sauer’s original concerns with rural, vernacular and folk themes. While it 16 HERITAGE OF CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY shows a respect for tradition and a fascination with diversity, it also betrays a reactionary attitude towards social and cultural change, not least in terms of the agenda that is not addressed. The approach to culture from which this attitude derives can be traced back to Sauer’s interest in cultural anthropology.

Culture is ‘touched by’ historical and socioeconomic forces, not generated by them. agency, responding instead to its own internal momentum. In each of these respects the super-organic approach to culture runs counter to the emphasis of much contemporary social theory. g. Williams 1983). James Duncan, for example, has argued that the super-organic mode of explanation reifies culture, treating it as an entity with independent existence and causative powers (Duncan 1980). According to the superorganic approach, culture can be explained only in its own terms.

1) was born in the Welsh town of Pandy in Gwent, not far from the English border. He grew up with a strong sense of the distinct identity of Wales within the British Isles, reflected in his first novel Border country (1960). The son of working-class parents, he was extremely conscious of his anomalous position within the class structure of British academia from the time he went up to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 1939. Williams was active in student politics and was, for a short while, a member of the Communist Party.

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