Approaches to Human Geography is the essential student primer on theory and practice in Human Geography. It is a systematic review of the key ideas and debates informing post-war geography, explaining how those ideas work in practice.is the essential student primer on theory and practice in Human Geography. It is a systematic review of the key ideas and debates informing post-war geography, explaining how those ideas work in practice.
In three sections, the text provides:
- A comprehensive contextualizing essay: Introducing Philosophies, People and Practices
- Philosophies: Written by the principal proponents, easily comprehensible accounts of: Positivistic Geographies, Humanism, Feminist Geographies, Marxism, Structuration Theory, Behavioral Geography, Realism, Post Structuralist Theories, Actor-Network Theory, and Post Colonialism
- People: Prominent geographers explain events that formed their ways of knowing the section offers situated accounts of theory and practice by, for example David Ley, Linda McDowell, and David Harvey
- Practices: Applied accounts of Quantification, Evidence and Positivism; Geographic Information Systems; Humanism; Geography, Political Activism, and Marxism; the Production of Feminist Geographies; Poststructuralist Theory; Environmental Inquiry in a Postcolonial World; Contested Geographies
- Student Exercises and Glossary
Avoiding jargon - while attentive to the rigor and complexity of the ideas that underlie geographic knowledge - the text is written for students who have not met philosophical or theoretical approaches before. This is a beginning guide to geographic research and practice.
Comprehensive and accessible, it will be the core text for courses on Approaches to Human Geography; Philosophy and Geography; and the History of Geography; and a key resource for students beginning research projects.