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 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.
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