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Chapter 20: Geographical Imaginations (1994): Derek Gregory
Geographical Imaginations (1994): Derek Gregory
All I seek to do is make a series of incisions into the conventional historiography of geography and show that its strategic episodes can be made to speak to many other histories. (Gregory, 1994: 14)
From his first book, Ideology, Science and Human Geography (1979), Gregory has been one of the most erudite voices arguing for the importance of critical theory in geography, shaping its form and interpreting its wider possibilities for geographers and non-geographers alike. Through Regional Transformation and Industrial Revolution (1982) and Social Relations and Spatial Structures (Gregory and Urry, 1985) to Geographical Imaginations (1994), and subsequently through The Colonial Present (2004), and, with Allan Pred, Violent Geographies (2006), Gregory has charted a complex and ...