This now standard student reference has been totally revised and updated. It remains the definitive introduction to the history, philosophy, and methodology of human geography.
The book is organized into five sections:
- An historical overview of the discipline and an explanation of its organization; with more on the growth of spatial sciences, Geographical Information Systems, and ways of representing the world
- An examination of geography from Antiquity to the early modern period
- An analysis of paradigm shifts in geography, the philosophy of science, and the quantitative revolution;
- A critical discussion of positivism, empiricism, structuration theory, realism; as well as an introduction to core themes and concepts in current geographical thought including space, place, and post-modernism
- A review of global processes and local responses, from economic globalization to global environmental change
Extensively revised to take account of new developments in geographical thought and methods, the text explores complex ideas in an intelligible and accessible style. Illustrated throughout with summaries, notes for further reading and a concept glossary, this is the essential student companion to the discipline: it will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate students.
New to the Fourth Edition:
All chapters revised and updated
A detailed explanation of key ideas in human geography's post-modernist and post-structuralist 'turns'
Student questions added to the end of each chapter
Reorganisation of the text (in response to teacher comments) to make the historical development more clear throughout the book