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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.

Poststructuralist Theories
Poststructuralist theories

‘All truth is simple’ – Is that not a compound lie?

(Friedrich Nietzsche, 1990[1888]: 33)

Like all ‘isms’, ‘poststructuralism’ is an awkward term and one which continues to generate more confusion, frustration, argument and outright anger than most. One of the main reasons for this is that it is often very unclear quite to whom or what the term refers. Unlike the positivists of the Vienna Circle for example (see Chapter 2) or indeed the vast majority of Marxists (Chapter 5), feminists (Chapter 4) and realists (Chapter 8), the figures, works and views gathered under the title ‘poststructuralism’ are for the most part not self selecting; they did not and have not signed up to a manifesto and do not share a credo. Indeed ...

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