Author of the Month: May 2009Published: May 15, 2009
Vincent Del Casino, Chair/Associate Professor, Geography
Published in 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell, Social Geography introduces the debates that inform current social geographic research and theory and interrogates the historical development of social geography. It explores how urban and rural spaces are organized in ways that construct and maintain social inequality. The text puts into context the assumptions of various strains of social geographic thought as they have developed historically, assists students in addressing key social geographic questions and methodologies, provides a showcase for cutting edge work in the field and is written in an accessible and lively style, setting out a wide breadth of social geographic research. Del Casino argues that the study of inequalities is the cornerstone of social geographic research. Social Geography explores how urban and rural spaces are organized in ways that construct and maintain social inequality. Social geographies of difference are introduced with an emphasis on critical human geographic inquiry. These stem from feminist, Marxist, postcolonial, and poststructuralist concerns, with a key focus on how differences become fixed, naturalized parts of everyday experience. The book cuts across various approaches to see how new subjectivities emerge over time. A global perspective is maintained throughout, drawing on experiences, theories, and ideas from the global north and global south. Expanding on the debates that inform current social geographic research and theory and interrogating the historical development of social geography, this introductory text provides an analytic framework for theorizing difference in its myriad forms. Del Casino is the first recipient of the American Association of Geographers’ Glenda Laws Award. He and Communication Studies’ Catherine Brooks are the parents of Salvatore Brooks Del Casino. Del Casino received his Bachelor of Arts in international relations in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He received his Master of Science in geography from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Kentucky.