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Human Geography: An Essential Anthology

Edited By: John A Agnew, David Livingstone and Alisdair Rogers

696 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | May 1996 | #159682 | ISBN: 0631194614
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This book provides students in human geography with a vital resource - a collection of writings critical to understanding the field as a whole and revealing the interactions of its component parts. It is designed to give students ready access to the literature their studies are most likely to lead them to consult.The book is divided into five parts. Parts I and II describe the nature of the enterprise and show the origins and current state of thinking on central issues. Part III is concerned with interactions between nature, culture and landscape. Part IV considers area differences and geographic units such as region, place and locality. Part V provides insights into the concepts of space, time and space-time. The editors have provided a general introduction, introductions to each part and contextual notes for each chapter. Each part concludes with sections of further reading by subject and the volume ends with a time chart of the main developments in geography. This collection of seminal articles aims to be revealing, challenging and engaging. It amply demonstrates why human geography is a subject worthy of the student's engagement and provides a vital and rewarding resource for its understanding.

This is an immensely useful book, aimed primarily at the undergraduate level. The editors have invested the readings with a coherence and sense of purpose that reflects very clearly their own powerful rendition of geographical tradition. Geography "... this anthology of human geography has it all. Covering a period of over 150 years, much care has been paid to include a variety of the most eminent geographers and a selection of the most important geographical concepts, making this anthology well worth waiting for." The Geographical Journal "This is a large, comprehensive, and excellent anthology. The editors are to be applauded for their care and judgement in selecting from the best of geographical writings from the last 150 years. In short, I strongly recommend this wonderful anthology." Robert D. Sack, University of Wisconsin "Human Geography is an ambitious project which confronts the positive, enlightenment view of human behaviour and the processes that yield spatial patterns. Excellent value." Bryan H. Massam, York University, Canada "The book is for all who are seriously interested in the way their subject has developed and in the origins of ideas and approaches now so familiar as to be taken for granted. Teachers and students of undergraduate ideas and methods courses will find this invaluable." Times Educational Supplement "This is a large, comprehensive, and excellent anthology. The editors are to applauded for their care and judgement in selecting from the best of geographical writings from the last 150 years." Robert Sack, University of Wisconsin


Acknowledgements. General Introduction. Part I: Recounting Geography's History: Introduction. 1. A Plea for the History of Geography: John K. Wright. 2. Paradigms and Revolution or Evolution? R. J. Johnston. 3. Musing on Helicon: Root Metaphors and Geography: Anne Buttimer. 4. Institutionalization of Geography and Strategies of Change: Horacio Capel. 5. On the History and Present Condition of Geography: An Historical Materialist Manifesto: David Harvey. 6. Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective: Donna Haraway. Part II: The Enterprise: Introduction. 7. What Geography Ought to Be: Peter Kropotkin. 8. On the Scope and Methods of Geography: Halford J. Mackinder. 9. The Study of Geography: Franz Boas. 10. Meaning and Aim of Human Geography: Paul Vidal de la Blache. 11. Geography without Human Agency: A Humanistic Critique: David Ley. 12. Areal Differentiation and Post-Modern Human Geography: Derek Gregory. Part III: Nature, Culture and Landscape: Introduction. 13. Traces on the Rhodian Shore: Clarence J. Glacken. 14. Influences of Geographic Environment: Ellen C. Semple. 15. Civilizations: Organisms or Systems?: Karl W. Butzer. 16. Geography, Marx and the Concept of Nature: Neil Smith and Phil O'Keefe. 17. The Morphology of Landscape: Carl O. Sauer. 18. Discovering the Vernacular Landscape: John B. Jackson. 19. Marxism, Culture and the Duplicity of Landscape: Stephen Daniels. 20. Geography as a Science of Observation: The Landscape, the Gaze and Masculinity: Gillian Rose. 21. The Land Ethic: Aldo Leopold. Part IV: Region, Place and Locality: Introduction. 22. Regional Environment, Heredity and Consciousness: A. J. Herbertson. 23. Human Regions: H. J. Fleure. 24. The Character of Regional Geography: Richard Hartshorne. 25. In What Sense a Regional Problem? Doreen Massey. 26. From Orientalism: Edward W. Said. 27. Deconstructing the Map: J. B. Harley. 28. Space and Place: Humanistic Perspective: Yi-Fu Tuan. 29. A Woman's Place?: Linda McDowell and Doreen Massey. 30. The Contested Terrain of Locality Studies: Philip Cooke. 31. The Inadequacy of the Regional Concept: George H. T. Kimble. Part V: Space, Time and Space-Time: Introduction. 32. The Territorial Growth of States: Friedrich Ratzel. 33. The Geographical Pivot of History: Halford J. Mackinder. 34. Owners' Time and Own Time: The Making of a Capitalist Time-Consciousness 1300-1880: Nigel Thrift. 35. Exceptionalism in Geography: a Methodological Examination: F. K. Schaefer. 36. Identification of Some Fundamental Spatial Concepts: John D. Nystuen. 37. The Geography of Capitalist Accumulation: David Harvey. 38. Reassertions: Towards a Spatialized Ontology: Edward W. Soja. 39. The Choreography of Existence: Comments on Hagerstrand's Time-Geography and its Usefulness: Alan Pred. 40. Diorama, Path and Project: Torsten Hagerstrand. 41. A View of the GIS Crisis in Geography: Stan Openshaw. A Chronology of Geography 1859-1995: Alisdair Rogers.

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