Dr. Aaron Kuntz
Critical Geography begins with the assumption that social space, material place, power, and identity are forever entangled and at work in the production of meaning-making. This course takes seriously such assumptions, examining the “spatial turn” in educational research that has impacted methodological practice for the past two decades. Specifically, this course examines critical geography as engaging the principle tenets of neo-Marxism and poststructural thought even as it informs recent assertions of “materialism” in inquiry practices (seen most directly in theorizations of “new” or “critical” materialism). As such, we will read foundational texts in critical geography, contemporary manifestations of the spatial turn in educational research, and design qualitative studies informed by our emergent understanding of the spatial and critical materialism.