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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.

Personal and Political
Personal and political

How does one end up doing geographic research from one philosophical and theoretical position rather than another? How does what happens in one's life in particular places and times alter one's approach to understanding geographic phenomena such as the development of particular cities or urban areas?

In this chapter I outline some of the intellectual, personal and political forces that have shaped my philosophical and theoretical approaches to doing geographic research. In doing so, I hope to show that becoming a particular type of geographer involves much more than learning a particular approach from books. Rather it is an often messy, sometimes confusing and certainly contested journey through learning which is as personal and political as it is intellectual.

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