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Critical Human Geography

  • By: Lawrence D. Berg
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The term critical human geography arose in the mid 1990s in Anglophonic geography as a way of representing a broad coalition of progressive approaches to the discipline. Critical human geography can be seen as a diverse set of ideas and practices linked by a shared commitment to a broadly conceived emancipatory politics, progressive social change, and the use of a range of critical sociogeographic theories. Critical human geographers draw on theoretical approaches such as anarchism, anticolonialism, critical race theory, environmentalism, feminism, Marxism, nonrepresentational theory, post-Marxism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, situationism, and socialism. This entry describes the growth and development of critical human geography in primarily Anglophonic settings, and also in a number of other non-Anglophonic academic spaces (but ones that operate in, or articulate ...

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