Social geographies is a flourishing field that studies a diverse range of current social issues through a spatial lens. Capturing a lively and dynamic area of scholarship, this major textbook showcases the breadth of conceptual and empirical approaches that social geographers use to understand the world we live in. It is collectively authored by one of the largest groups of social geographers in the world.
The book develops a vision of social geographies that is rooted in longstanding commitments to justice, equality and social change, while incorporating new approaches, topics and concerns. It offers the most contemporary and comprehensive round-up of social geographies to date, making sense of its rich and diverse interests. Its 34 chapters contain lively and accessible summaries of current research on familiar topics such as space and time, race, class, housing and health; and recent developments including digital worlds, performance, sustainability and food.
Above all, this collection makes clear the enormous relevance and contributions of social geographies, not only to our understanding of a wide range of global and local issues, but also to working for change for a better world alongside communities, policy makers and social movements.
Part A IntroductionsChapter 1. Creating More Social Geographies / Newcastle Social Geographies CollectiveChapter 2. Theories in Social Geographies / Robert ShawChapter 3. Researching Social Geographies / Rachel Pain and Peter HopkinsPart B FoundationsChapter 4. Space and Time / Robert ShawChapter 5. Scale / Quan GaoChapter 6. Social Change / Alastair BonnettChapter 7. Justice / Craig Jones and Michael RichardsonChapter 8. Indigeneity / Stefan RzedzianChapter 9. Nation and Nationalism / Matthew C. BenwellChapter 10. Urban/rural / Wen Lin and Ruth McAreaveyChapter 11. Everyday / Alison Stenning, with Leah Chan, Lottie Rhodes and Katy SmithChapter 12. Emotion / Matej Blazek, with Leah Chan, Lottie Rhodes and Katy SmithPart C DivisionsChapter 13. Race / Raksha PandeChapter 14. Religion / Kawtar Najib and Robin FinlayChapter 15. Class / Anoop NayakChapter 16. Gender / Michael Richardson, Raksha Pande and Ged RidleyChapter 17. Sexualities / Graeme Mearns and Carl Bonner-ThompsonChapter 18. Disability / Janice McLaughlinChapter 19. Age / Peter Hopkins and Rachel PainChapter 20. Intersectionality / Alessandro Boussalem, Nathar Iqbal and Peter HopkinsPart D IssuesChapter 21. Housing / Julia Heslop and Helen JarvisChapter 22. Wealth and Poverty / Roger BurrowsChapter 23. Health / Clare Bambra and Ali Copeland Chapter 24. Education / Simon TateChapter 25. Policing the City / Elaine CampbellChapter 26. Migration and Diaspora / Maddy Thompson and Robin FinlayChapter 27. Encounter / Nathar IqbalChapter 28. Social Reproduction / Al JamesChapter 29. Performance / Ruth RaynorChapter 30. Data / Niall CunninghamChapter 31. Digital / Graeme Mearns and Carl Bonner-Thompson Chapter 32. Sustainability / Gareth PowellsChapter 33. Environmental Justice / Joe HerbertChapter 34. 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.
An accessible and engaging style that is ideal for entry level students
Provides definitions of key terms and carefully explained concepts and ideas
Offers a wide-range of exciting contemporary examples from diverse geographical settings, including those drawn from the authors’ recent research
“Real world research” and “real world theory” textboxes that bring topics alive and explore challenges on the ground