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Approaches to Human Geography
Philosophies, Theories, People and Practices

Second Edition
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Human Geography

December 2014 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"The book covers some of the (traditionally) most obtuse and difficult-to-grasp philosophical ideas that have influenced geographers/geography. The fact that these are presented in an inclusive and accessible manner is a key strength. Many students have commented that the chapters they have read have encouraged them to read more in this field, which is fantastic from a lecturer's perspective."
- Richard White, Sheffield Hallam University

A new edition of the classic Approaches text for students, organised in three sections, which overviews and explains the history and philosophy of Human Geographies in all its applications by those who practise it:

  • Section One – Philosophies: Positivist Geography / Humanism / Feminist Geographies / Marxisms / Structuration Theory / Human Animal / Realism / Postmodern Geographies/ Poststructuralist Theories / Actor-Network Theory, / Postcolonialism / Geohumanities / Technologies
  • Section Two – People: Institutions and Cultures / Places and Contexts / Memories and Desires / Understanding Place / Personal and Political / Becoming a Geographer / Movement and Encounter / Spaces and Flows / Places as Thoughts
  • Section Three – Practices: Mapping and Geovisualization / Quantification, Evidence, and Positivism / Geographic Information Systems / Humanism / Activism / Feminist Geographies / Poststructuralist Theories / Psychoanalysis / Environmental Inquiry / Contested Geographies and Culture Wars

Fully updated throughout and with eight brand new chapters - this is the core text for modules on history, theory, and practice in Human Geography.

Stuart C. Aitken and Gill Valentine
Ways of Knowing and Ways of Doing Geographic Research
 
Part I: PHILOSOPHIES
Rob Kitchin
Positivist Geography
David Seamon
Lived Emplacement and the Locality of Being: A Return to Humanistic Geography?
Deborah P. Dixon and John Paul Jones III
Feminist Geographies of Difference, Relation, and Construction
George Henderson and Eric Sheppard
Marx and the Spirit of Marx
Isabel Dyck and Robin A. Kearns
Structuration Theory: Agency, Structure and Everyday Life
David Lulka
Human Animal
Andrew Sayer
Realism as a Basis for Knowing the World
David B. Clarke
Postmodern Geographies and the Ruins of Modernity
Paul Harrison
Poststructuralist Theories
Stuart C. Aitken
Postscript to Poststructuralist Theories in Geography
Fernando J. Bosco
Actor-Network Theory, Networks, and Relational Geographies
Clive Barnett
Postcolonialism: Powers of Representation
Trevor M. Harris
Geohumanities: Engaging Space and Place in the Humanities
Francis Harvey
Mind the Gap: Reconsidering Geography's Twentieth Century Technological Settlements
 
Part II: PEOPLE
Gerard Rushton
Institutions and Cultures
David Ley
Places, People and Contexts
David Harvey
Memories and Desires
Robin A. Kearns
Understanding the Heart of Place...
Vera Chouinard
Personal and Political
Michael F. Goodchild
How I Became a Geographer
Lawrence Knopp
Movement and Encounter
Janice Monk
Spaces and Flows
Nigel Thrift
Setting Out
 
Part III: PRACTICES
Martin Dodge
Mapping and Geovisualization
A. Stewart Fotheringham
Quantification, Evidence and Positivism
Michael F. Goodchild
Geographic Information Systems
Paul Rodaway
Humanism and People-Centered Methods
Michael Samers, Patrick Bigger and Oliver Belcher
To Build Another World: Activism in the Light of Marxist Geographic Thought
Kim England
Producing Feminist Geographies: Theory, Methodologies and Research Strategies
John W. Wylie
Poststructuralist Approaches: Deconstruction and Discourse Analysis
Maureen Sioh
Pricing Dignity: Psychoanalytical Frameworks and the Burden of Proof
Paul Robbins
Research is Theft: Environmental Inquiry in a Postcolonial World
Gill Valentine and Stuart C. Aitken
Contested Geographies: Culture Wars, Personal Clashes and Joining Debate

The book covers some of the (traditionally) most obtuse and difficult-to-grasp philosophical ideas that have influenced geographers/geography. The fact that these are presented in an inclusive and accessible manner is a key strength of this book. Many students have commented that the chapters they have read have encouraged them to read more in this field, which is fantastic from a lecturer's perspective.

Richard White
Sheffield Hallam University

Very good in explaining aspects, theories and practices in human geography. The students gets a good overview.

Mrs Kristina Trygg
Linkoping University, Linkoping University
June 8, 2015

Very helpful guide to students of geography. Easy to read with modern language. Helpful guide to those who are beginning carrier in Geography. The book provides a comprehensive view of what geography is about in a light friendly language.

Professor Simphiwe Mini
Department of Geography, University of South Africa
May 19, 2015

It is too high a level for first year undergraduate students.

Dr Niamh Moore
Geography, Planning & Environment, University College Dublin
March 20, 2015

For some of human geography students

Dr Jianquan Cheng
Department Environ'l & Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 11, 2014

Stuart C. Aitken

Dr. Stuart C. Aitken is Professor of Geography and June Burnett Chair at SDSU. He directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Young People and Space (ISYS). Stuart’s research interests include critical social theory, qualitative methods, children, families and communities. His recent books include The Ethnopoetics of Space and Transformation (Ashgate 2014), The Fight to Stay Put (Verlag 2013), Young People. Border Spaces and Revolutionary Imaginations (Routledge 2011), Qualitative Geographies (Sage 2010) and The Awkward Spaces of Fathering (Ashgate 2009). Stuart has published over 200 papers in academic journals and edited book... More About Author

Gill Valentine

Professor Valentine has held prestigious international visiting fellowships at the Universities of Sydney, Australia and Otago, New Zealand and has visited and given keynote addresses at a range of prestigious international conferences. She was co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social and Cultural Geography, and co-edited Gender, Place and Culture. She has undertaken international research in Europe, Africa and the USA and is committed to developing the University of Sheffield's international strategy within the Faculty of Social Sciences. More About Author

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