Book Suggestions for Cultural Geography Class

I think I am going to be teaching a cultural geography class next fall at Mendocino Junior College. I am going to start putting together a reading list of good books which discuss aspects of cultural geography. According to wikipedia, cultural geography is:

the study of spatial variations among cultural groups and the spatial functioning of society. It focuses on describing and analyzing the ways language, religion, economy, government,and other cultural phenomena vary or remain constant from one place to another and on explaining how humans function spatially

I would like to assign some kind of case study book report. Any suggestions for additions to this reading list?

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3 Responses to “Book Suggestions for Cultural Geography Class”

  1. mresquan Says:

    Guns,Germs,ans Steel by Jared Diamond is a must read for your subject.

  2. shankarwolf Says:

    Thanks mresquan, I have read that and will put it on my list.

  3. Paul Starrs Says:

    If you’re interested in a California-based item, try the book I recently published with Peter Goin (Art), by UC Press, titled “A Field Guide to California Agriculture.” It retails for $25 ($17 or so from Amazon) and it is, in truth, a survey of agriculture and geography and food and the large-scale versus small-scale agriculture issues of the state. And, as you might imagine, Mendocino County features large. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions: There a great cultural / human geography literature on agriculture in California, too, if you want to haver additional readings.

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