• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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.


The first part of the book dealt primarily with arguments. Leading scholars in the discipline made a case for their particular ways of knowing. In this part we turn to autobiographies to help elaborate more fully some of the personal factors that influence how geographers come to know their world. Philosophies as ways of knowing are derived from day-to-day living and, as such, they are intimately entwined with the lives of their practitioners. The previous part focused on some major philosophies that engage geographers. In this part, some well-known figures in the field talk about how they came to engage particular ways of knowing and doing.

Within contemporary human geography there has been a recent emphasis on situated or contextual knowledges (see Chapter 12); personal ...

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