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Radical Geography

  • By: Peter Hossler
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Radical geography is not a coherent epistemology, methodology, or area of research, but rather, it represents a shift by academics and scholars from seeking to represent the world toward producing one where social and spatial inequalities are eliminated. It emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a reaction to events both in the world and within the discipline of geography itself. First, it was a reaction to the civil rights movement in the United States, the Vietnam War and the politics of imperialism, the deepening awareness of poverty within inner cities, and other monumental changes occurring throughout the world. Second, radical geography was a reaction against the positivist epistemology and its reliance on empiricism to understand present realities, which dominated the discipline in ...

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