Marking the renaissance of social geographies in recent years, this major textbook showcases the breadth of conceptual and empirical approaches that scholars now utilize to understand contemporary social issues through a spatial lens.
The book is collectively authored by one of the largest groups of social geographers in the world. It develops a vision of social geographies that is rooted in the commitments that have characterised the sub-discipline for at least half a decade (e.g. society-space relations, justice, equality), while incorporating new approaches, theories and concerns (e.g. emotions, performance, and the more-than-human). Embracing the increasing porosity of our work with neighbouring economic, cultural, political and environmental geographies, the book provides a round-up of the state of the sub-discipline, capturing recent directions and charting new questions and challenges for theory, research and practice. It makes sense of the bewildering variety of contemporary social geographical interests, from longstanding topics (e.g. race, class and gender) to more recent interests (e.g. sustainability, digital worlds and social change).
Above all, it makes clear the relevance and contributions of social geographies not only to understanding a wide range of global and local issues, but to social change alongside communities, policy-makers and social movements.
Part I Introductions1. Creating More Social Geographies, Newcastle Social Geographies Collective2. Theories in Social Geographies, Robert Shaw3. Researching Social Geographies, Rachel Pain and Peter HopkinsPart II Foundations4. Space and Time, Robert Shaw5. Scale, Quan Gao6. Social Change, Alastair Bonnett7. Justice, Craig Jones and Michael Richardson8. Indigeneity, Stefan Rzedzian9. Nation and Nationalism, Matthew C. Benwell10. Urban/rural, Wen Lin and Ruth McAreavey11. Everyday, Alison Stenning, with Leah Chan, Lottie Rhodes and Katy Smith12. Emotion, Matej Blazek, with Leah Chan, Lottie Rhodes and Katy SmithPart III Divisions13. Race, Raksha Pande14. Religion, Kawtar Najib and Robin Finlay15. Class, Anoop Nayak16. Gender, Michael Richardson, Raksha Pande and Ged Ridley17. Sexualities, Graeme Mearns and Carl Bonner-Thompson18. Disability, Janice McLaughlin19. Age, Peter Hopkins and Rachel Pain20. Intersectionality, Alessandro Boussalem, Nathar Iqbal and Peter HopkinsPart IV Issues21. Housing, Julia Heslop and Helen Jarvis22. Wealth and Poverty, Roger Burrows23. Health, Clare Bambra and Ali Copeland 24. Education, Simon Tate25. Policing the City, Elaine Campbell26. Migration and Diaspora, Maddy Thompson and Robin Finlay27. Encounter, Nathar Iqbal28. Social Reproduction, Al James29. Performance, Ruth Raynor30. Data, Niall Cunningham31. Digital, Graeme Mearns and Carl Bonner-Thompson 32. Sustainability, Gareth Powells33. Environmental Justice, Joe Herbert34. Food and More-than-human Geographies, Suzanne Hocknell
This is exactly what social geography should be: a collective enterprise, with an edgy agenda that is inspiring, accessible and inclusive. Designed to be different, highly original, and steeped in social justice, this is a must-read, must-act manual for a new generation.