Further Reading

Further reading links to supplement your studies.

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  • For a comprehensive overview of theory and methods for social scientists, Rose (2012) takes a 'critical visual methodology' approach that asks geographers to think about the social effects of images through three sites: the site of production; the site of the image (its content); and the site of reception (its audience). As well as some of the approaches discussed in this chapter, Rose also explores psychoanalysis, iconography, feminism and other significant theoretical developments in how images are understood and analysed. There is a web resource that accompanies the book.
    Rose, G. (2012) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials. London: Sage.
  • Wylie (2007) gives an in-depth account of how the study of landscape has been informed by different art criticism, cultural theory and developments in social and cultural geography, such as Cultural Marxism, phenomenology and Non-representational theory.
    Wylie, J. (2007) Landscape. Oxford: Routledge.
  • The relationship between geography and art is an expanding field with many geographers seeking to work with artists. Hawkins (2013) work looks at the role of the visual within a broader conceptualisation of installation and place-based art. In contrast Rycroft (2005) has focused on two-dimensional works that are abstract and have different kinds of effects to the landscape imagery that is the topic of much geographical writing on art.
    Hawkins, H. (2013) ‘Geography and art. An expanding field: Site, the body and practice’ Progress in Human Geography 37: 52‒71.
  • Work on the materiality and affectivity of visual images is a relatively new field in geography. Tolia-Kelly (2004) has drawn on geographical work about materiality to discuss photographs and other images in the home.  Ash (2009) draws from work in visual and media studies on computer games, paying attention to the spatial implications of the viewing practices involved in playing computer games.
    Tolia-Kelly, D. (2004) ‘Locating processes of identification: Studying the precipitates of re-memory through artefacts in the British Asian home’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29: 314–29.

Online resources

Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler