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Analysing Geographical Patterns and Differences
Analysing Geographical Patterns and Differences
11.1 Introduction

One of the criticisms of quantitative geography has been that it is nomothetic –looking for general rules of, say, human behaviour and insensitive to or not interested in variation or difference. The focus, it is argued, is on average outcomes and relationships. As Chapter 1 discussed, it is true that some of the origins of quantitative geography lie in a period during the 1960s and 1970s when theories and ‘laws’ of economics, as well as physics, acted as inspiration for testing or modifying those ideas in the spatial domain (see Johnston and Sidaway, 2015). However, as a caricature of what takes place under the umbrella of contemporary quantitative geography, the criticism is anachronistic. With ...

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