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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.

Changing the World: Geography, Political Activism, and Marxism
Changing the world: Geography, political activism, and marxism

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways, the point is to change it. (Marx, Theses on Feuerbach, number XI)


This chapter explores the relationship between geography, activism, and Marxism. While few geographers would consider themselves Marxists today, more than a handful probably see themselves as activists, or at least inspired by the activism of others. My purpose here, then, is to show how Marxism can, does, and should inform practical interventions in the world. However, I do not offer a ‘blueprint’ for potential activists, nor do I outline the contours of Marxism (this is accomplished in Chapter 5 of this volume). And while there is a cavernous literature ...

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