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By Alison Blunt, Pyrs Gruffudd, Jon May, Miles Ogborn, David Pinder

Cultural Geography in perform presents an cutting edge and obtainable method of the resources, theories and strategies of cultural geography. Written via a world group of well-liked cultural geographers, all of whom are skilled researchers, this booklet is a completely illustrated advisor to methodological methods in cultural geography.In order to illustrate the perform of cultural geography each one bankruptcy combines the next features:*Practical guide in utilizing one of many major tools of cultural geography (e.g. interviewing, reading texts and visible photographs, participatory methods)*An evaluation of a key sector of outrage in cultural geography (e.g. the physique, nationwide id, empire, marginality)*A nuts and bolts description of the particular software of the theories and techniques inside of a section of researchWith the addition of boxed definitions of key techniques and outlines of study initiatives by means of scholars who devised and undertook them, Cultural Geography in perform is an important guide of analysis perform for either undergraduate and graduate scholars in geography and similar disciplines.

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Whilst more comprehensive than on-line archives, searching through the archives at Colindale is extremely time consuming (necessitating that one searches perhaps thousands of pages of microfiche to identify just a few dozen stories) and, if copying stories for later analysis, expensive. An attractive alternative is therefore to try and gain access to organisations that might have already constructed an archive of newspaper material relevant to one’s research. In my case I was able to use the newspaper archive at Shelter, who employ a commercial clippings service to select and archive all the stories relating to housing and homelessness across a huge range of papers (including all of the major national dailies and weeklies).

Where readers are already familiar with the problems of homelessness, the press help them make sense of their experiences: offering explanations for the presence of those seen sleeping rough, for example, or of the recent rise in levels of homelessness of all kinds (Beresford, 1979). In my own research I am concerned with tracing the picture of homelessness presented by the British 23 Cultural Geography in Practice newspaper press in the belief that newspaper accounts are liable to be of considerable importance in shaping broader public attitudes to the problems of homelessness (Liddiard and Hutson, 1998).

To say that something is constructed is not to say it isn’t ‘real’, of course. On the contrary, such constructions shape social action in important ways as people act in accordance to their understandings of the world. As Susan Ruddick has shown, the ways in which the problems of homelessness are constructed, for example, has real and important effects on the ways in which homeless people are treated (Ruddick, 1996). Though its roots can be traced back considerably further, social constructionism first came to prominence in the social sciences in the 1960s through the work of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann.

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