Approaches to Human Geography by Stuart C Aitken, Gill Valentine

By Stuart C Aitken, Gill Valentine

Approaches to Human Geography is the basic scholar primer on idea and perform in Human Geography. it's a systematic assessment of the foremost principles and debates informing post-war geography, explaining how these principles paintings in perform. warding off jargon - whereas responsive to the rigor and complexity of the guidelines that underlie geographic wisdom – the textual content is written for college students who've now not met philosophical or theoretical ways prior to. this can be a starting consultant to geographic study and perform.

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At the same time that humanistic geography was being challenged by its various critics, neo-Marxist geography was undergoing a transformation from a structural form, deeply antagonistic to the perceived idealism and subjectivism of humanistic geography, to a cultural Marxism. Although still hostile to idealism and subjectivism, many of its practitioners appeared to have incorporated the humanist concern with place and identity, symbolic landscapes, and the geography of everyday life into their own research (Harvey, 1996; 2000).

As with all ‘revolutions’, certain key sites and people were instrumental in pushing and developing the emerging quantitative geography. H. Robinson at Wisconsin trained a generation of graduate students who became faculty elsewhere, where in turn they propagated their ideas (Johnston, 1991). In the UK, Peter Haggett at Bristol and later Cambridge was a key influence (along with physical geographer Richard Chorley). Indeed Haggett’s book Locational Analysis in Human Geography (1965) was an important text that helped to strengthen the case for quantitative geography.

Like poststructuralism, postcolonialism problematizes textual practices, such as reading, writing and interpreting, and the ways that textual meanings are produced. In many ways, Chapters 9, 10, 11 and 12 might be thought of as articulating the death of philosophy. Whether you are comfortable going this far or not, it is clear that no one way of knowing has any more or less legitimacy than any other, that many talk past each other as much as they align themselves, that each competes in academia and in society to say something of worth, and that there is significant tension and conflict that is not just based on the logic of a philosophical argument.

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