Culture, Society, and Space
The Culture, Society, and Space group studies various aspects of the production of space and place, and the ways in which regions and landscapes are shaped by socio-economic processes and their corresponding organizations of power, race, gender, and culture. Students wishing to study human geography have the opportunity to focus their studies around specific themes and course clusters in cultural, social, economic, and political geographies.
Current research includes such topics as: landuse consequences of tobacco restructuring, agrarian social movements, space, identity, and representation, social geographies of race, space, and gender in North Carolina, global production networks and the apparel industry, geopolitics, and globalization and international development.
In addition, the study of social spaces introduces students to various aspects of the history and philosophy of geography, spatial analysis and public policy, social theory and cultural studies, gender studies and feminism, and science and technology studies.
Steve Birdsall, Altha Cravey, John Florin, Banu P. Gökariksel, Clark Gray, Scott Kirsch, Christian Lentz, Nina Martin, Melinda Meade, John Pickles, Alvaro Reyes, Sara Smith, Gabriela Valdivia, Arturo Escobar (adjunct: Anthropology), Lawrence Grossberg and Ken Hillis (adjuncts: Communication Studies).