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‘Vernacular’ landscapes

The landscape: what is it? In due course this chapter will give one specialist answer to this question, by focusing upon how landscape has been defined and used by human geographers. However, to contextualise this, and to offer a particular point of entry for readers, I'd like to begin with some more general, expansive observations. From the reading I've done, and from the many conversations about landscape I've had over the years, with colleagues from geography and other disciplines, with cohorts of geography students, and, importantly also, with friends, family and various passing strangers, I've come to the conclusion (at least for now) that ‘landscape’ is usually and most often understood in three different ways. I am conscious that these may seem obvious ...

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