- Subject index
Doing Cultural Geography is an introduction to cultural geography that integrates theoretical discussion with applied examples. The emphasis throughout is on doing. Recognizing that many undergraduates have difficulty with both theory and methods courses, the text demystifies the ‘theory’ informing cultural geography and encourages students to engage directly with theory in practice. It emphasizes what can be done with humanist, Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial theory, demonstrating that this is the best way to prompt students to engage with the otherwise daunting theoretical literature.
Chapter 3: Humanistic and Behavioural Geography
Humanistic and Behavioural Geography
Though contemporary cultural geography owes much to the behavioural and humanistic approaches which constitute the previous generation of the field, very few researchers are adopting either of these approaches today. The main reason for the rejection has been that they have often implicitly drawn upon superorganic notions of culture and essentialist ideas about the individual, which have become less intellectually acceptable in the light of more recent considerations of the human subject. Whilst differentiating between humanistic geography, with its roots in phenomenology, and behavioural geography, grounded in psychology, Steve Pile draws attention to the similarities between them in that, ‘They share a commitment to place ‘’man” at the centre of ‘’his” world’ (1996 p. 16). It is arguable ...