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Explanation in Geography (1969): David Harvey

Explanation in geography (1969): David Harvey
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By our theories you shall know us. (Harvey, 1969: 486)

Introduction

Although the discipline of geography has always been characterized by flux, the 1960s is recognized as a particular turbulent decade: by its end, the discipline incorporated practices very different from those deployed 10 years earlier. Particularly important here was the discontent with disciplinary practices which some geographers felt after having served with scholars from other disciplines in the American Office of Strategic Services during World War Two (Barnes and Farrish, 2006). Subsequently in the mid-1950s a number of US geographers – notably a cohesive group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Washington, Seattle – began to promote a very different vision of ...

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