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  • Subject index

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. 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.


In this part, leading proponents of different approaches to geographic understanding make ‘cases for’ different philosophical and theoretical leanings. Some illustrate their arguments with short examples and others argue their case through logic. Although it is far from comprehensive, the part covers a large swathe of philosophical and theoretical perspectives. It is intended not to offer the student a guide to philosophies in geography, but rather to highlight some of the tensions between various ways of knowing.

We do not go out of our way to suggest a linear sequence between these ways of knowing, nor do we attempt to smooth out differences. Although each way of knowing entered the discipline at a particular time and for a particular set of reasons and there are ...

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