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This now standard student reference has been totally revised and updated. It remains the definitive introduction to the history, philosophy, and methodology of human geography.The book is organized into five sections:- an historical overview of the discipline and an explanation of its organization; with more on the growth of spatial sciences, GIS and ways of representing the world- an examination of geography from Antiquity to the early modern period- an analysis of paradigm shifts in geography, the philosophy of science, and the quantitative revolution- a critical discussion of positivism, empiricism, structuration theory and realism, as well as an introduction to core themes and concepts in current geographical thought including space, place, and post-modernism- a review of global processes and local responses, from economic globalization to global environmental change.Extensively revised to take account of new developments in geographical thought and methods, the text explores complex ideas in an intelligible and accessible style. Illustrated throughout with summaries, notes for further reading and a concept glossary, this is the essential student companion to the discipline: it will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate students.
Arild Holt-Jensen is Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway.
Table of Contents
|What is Geography?|
|Exploration and the cosmographic tradition|
|A science of synthesis|
|A modeloriented approach|
|Local responses to global processes; deviations from the models in focus|
|An organizational plan of geography|
|A new synthesis?|
|Specialization and pluralism|
|The Foundation of Geography|
|Geography in the ancient world|
|Middle Ages and the Renaissance|
|The philosopher, Immanuel Kant|
|The 'classical' period|
|From cosmography to an institutionalized discipline|
|The social anarchists|
|Geomorphology and physiography provide academic respect|
|Environmental determinism and possibilism|
|The French school of regional geography|
|Landscapes and regions|
|Regional studies in Britain|
|Geography 1950S-1980S; 30 Years of Progress|
|Changing job market|
|The development of applied geography|
|A discipline ripe for change|
|The growth of 'spatial science'|
|Critics of the spatial science school|
|The achievements of spatial science|
|Paradigms and Revolutions|
|Critics of Kuhn|
|Induction, deduction and abduction|
|Changing paradigms in geography?|
|An idiographic or nomothetic science?|
|Absolute and relative space|
|What kind of revolution?|
|A 'critical' revolution?|
|Rerolution or evolution?|
|Positivism and its Critics|
|Positivism and critical theory|
|The development of positivism|
|Principles in positivism|
|Criticisms of positivism|
|Dialectics, Hegel and Marx; breaking down binaries|
|Science as a force transforming society|
|Practical consequences for research|
|Geography and empiricism|
|The positivism of spatial science|
|Behavioural and welfare geography|
|New Trends and Ideas Developed in the Last Decades|
|Agency, structures and actor-network theory|
|Gender and feminist geography|
|New tools in geographical research; satellite photos and GIS|
|To unite a vernacular and an academic definition of geography|
|References and Bibliography|
|Author and Personality Index|
|Glossary and Subject Index|
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