It seems obvious that a book introducing students to cultural geography must start with a definition of what it is about. Obvious, but almost unfeasibly difficult. Defining the word culture is a complex and difficult task which has produced a range of very different definitions. In some ways 'cultural geography' is easier to grasp than simply trying to define either of its component parts. This is because, despite occasionally sounding the most airy of concepts, this book will argue that 'culture', however defined, can only be approached as embedded in real-life situations, in temporally and spatially specific ways. This book focuses on how cultures work in practice. The philosophy of this book is that this is the contribution of geography-insisting on looking at cultures (plural) as locatable, specific phenomena.