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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.
Chapter 15: Memories and Desires
Memories and Desires
When I was around 12 years old, I had my first lesson on the geography of North America. We drew a map of the eastern seaboard and marked on it something called the ‘fall line.’ It stretched from New England to Georgia and recorded where the rolling foothills of the Appalachians abutted onto the flat alluvial coastal plain. Its name derived from the numerous waterfalls to be found there. These waterfalls had social significance because they provided water power for innumerable mills that spawned towns and villages and eventually large cities. Today, the fall line is roughly marked by interstate 95, which connects a whole string of cities up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States.
As I studied ...