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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.

Contested Geographies: Culture Wars, Personal Clashes and Joining Debate
Contested geographies: Culture wars, personal clashes and joining debate
GillValentine and StuartAitken

‘Geography is a social institution – it is made by human beings in social contexts – and as such its nature will always be contested’ (Taylor and Overton, 1991: 1089). In this book so far the authors of each chapter have outlined very diverse ways of thinking about what constitutes geographical knowledge, the methods that should be used to collect data, and the politics and purpose of these endeavours. Sometimes implicitly and at other times explicitly, the chapters have touched on the conflicts between them in terms of geographical thought and practice and the implications of these for the direction and nature of the discipline. As ...

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