The book starts out announcing that Social Geography is an inherently ambiguous and eclectic field to research. From the beginning of time as we know it, there has been a social grouping, a social scale. This scale basically separates the “haves” and the “have-nots.” People were labeled based on geographic locations. Although this basic look by Valentine views cultural and political geographies as a subtitle of space and society, this brought about a new framing tool to view social identities by race, gender, sexual identity and disability, not to mention income position.
I was a little taken aback with this reading about social geographies. I was born in 1948 and raised in the Hill-top area of Tacoma, Washington – a predominantly black society. Since I lived in a blue collar community, I never really recognized social geographies in my youth.
Valentine also writes about social justice as a responsibility of the human race. I agree that when any of us see social injustice, we must question it and do our part to solve it.