“An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core.” —Barney Warf, Florida State University “Key Texts in Human Geography will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals…” —James D. Sidaway, School of Geography, University of Plymouth A unique resource for students, Key Texts in Human Geography provides concise but rigorous overviews of the key texts that have formed post-war human geography. The text has been designed as a student-friendly guide that will: explain the text in relation to the geographical debates at the time of writing discuss the text's main arguments and sources of evidence review the initial reception, subsequent evaluation, and continued influence of each key texts contribution to how geographers understand space and place Intended Audience: Written in a clear and accessible way, by acknowledged scholars of the texts, an essential resources for undergraduates, Key Texts in Human Geography will be widely used and highly cited in courses on methods and approaches in geography.
Chapter 18: The Geographical Tradition (1992): David Livingstone
The Geographical Tradition (1992): David Livingstone
Stories are always told by people, about people, for people. Geography's story is no exception. (Livingstone, 1992: 4)
First published in 1992, David Livingstone's The Geographical Tradition is widely regarded by English-speaking geographers as the most important history of the discipline produced in recent years. The ubiquity of The Geographical Tradition on reading lists for courses on the history and philosophy of geography, and its rapid appearance in the journal Progress in Human Geography's series on ‘classics revisited’, testify to this (Mayhew et al., 2004). If the subject matter of the book was mostly familiar – The Geographical Tradition examines many of the same people and ideas as previous histories of geography – the way ...