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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 9: Postmodern Geographies and the Ruins of Modernity
Postmodern Geographies and the Ruins of Modernity
The term postmodern burst unceremoniously onto the geographical scene in the mid to late 1980s (though the word was used much earlier in other contexts). Against the sober promises of realism to rethink science for human geography (Chapter 8), and the wise counsel structuration theory offered in attempting to resolve the long-standing family feud between structuralists and humanists (Chapter 7), the reckless, dizzying antics of postmodernists seemed to throw reason itself into doubt – and to care about the fact only as much as someone who has ceased to believe in God continues to worry about Satan. And they had a point, too: ‘what proof is there that my proof is ...