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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.

Movement and Encounter
Movement and encounter

My ideas and work have been shaped by a variety of forces and circumstances, including various personal experiences, engagements with the ideas and works of others, and travels through space and time. Of course these are not separable, and I have discussed elsewhere their unity in terms of a wide variety of themes, crosscurrents, tensions, and transformations (Knopp, 2000). These have characterized and continue to characterize my ongoing process of becoming as a geographer, a gay man, a radical, and an activist (among other things).

For purposes of this chapter I focus more narrowly on the significance of one particular lens through which these processes can be considered: the experience of movement. Being in motion is of course part of what ...

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