Approaching Human Geography: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Debates

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This book provides an accessible and informed introduction to the development of new theoretical approaches to human geography. It sets out to explain the key features of these new approaches, and to trace their antecedents and implications. The authors also highlight points of comparison and contrast, inter-connection, and dissimilarity. Chapters deal systematically with different post-1960s approaches: Marxism, humanism, structuration, realism, and ostmodernism. Each of these chapters deals with the ...
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Overview

This book provides an accessible and informed introduction to the development of new theoretical approaches to human geography. It sets out to explain the key features of these new approaches, and to trace their antecedents and implications. The authors also highlight points of comparison and contrast, inter-connection, and dissimilarity. Chapters deal systematically with different post-1960s approaches: Marxism, humanism, structuration, realism, and ostmodernism. Each of these chapters deals with the chronological development of the appropriate literature, describes the key claims and arguments, and indicates the particular sorts of substantive concerns that these theoretical materials help to illuminate. The principal chapters of the book are framed by both a preface and an epilogue, which address questions about `relativism' in approaching human geography, while also stressing the need for continued commitment and critical sensitivity in geographical inquiry.
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"A remarkably clear and intellectually engaging account of the intersections between philosophy, social theory, and human geography. It is written from the front lines of geographical research yet will be thoroughly accessible to advanced undergraduate and graduate classes. APPROACHING HUMAN GEOGRAPHY is more than a survey: it is written with a depth of understanding and a sensitivity to geographical practice that is all too rare in books of this kind. It will undoubtedly stimulate discussion inside the classroom and out....It represents a major contribution to the future development of the discipline."' --Derek Gregory, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
Progress in Human Geography

"A rich and interesting text that will be of value to all geographers....One of the best texts currently available for introductory and advanced students alike....Approaching Human Geography is a well crafted work t hat will quickly establish itself as a standard text in the field. Its coverage of geographic ideas is clear yet rich, the text itself is a pleasure to read, and the authors have produced a interpretively rich and intellectually open engagement with the diverse world of geographic theory."--Progress in Human Geography
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An introductory survey for students, and an overview for academic human geographers, of trends in post-positivist human geography. Provides an account of the theoretical approaches, traces their antecedents and implications, and highlights points of comparison and contrast, interconnection and dissimilarity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898624908
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Series: Mappings: Society/Theory/Space Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Cloke, Professor of Human Geography at the Dept. of Geography, St. Davids University College, Lampeter, Wales.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Changing Approaches to Human Geography
Changing Times and Development of Marxist Approaches to Human Geography since the Late 1960s
Still Relevant and Radical After All These Years?
"Peopling" Human Geography and the Development of Humanistic Approaches
Structuration Theory
Anthony Giddens and the Bringing Together of Structure and Agency
Realist Approaches to Human Geography
The Differences of Postmodern Human Geography
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