The Geographer's Art

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In The Geographer's Art, Peter Haggett expounds his view of the nature and purpose, philosophy and methodology of the discipline and practice of geography. Ranging over every aspect of the subject, he considers the attractions, opportunities and responsibilities of life as a geographer and tries to answer some of the basic questions facing the discipline. The result is a highly individual look at geography and geographers, illustrated throughout from his own research and ...
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In The Geographer's Art, Peter Haggett expounds his view of the nature and purpose, philosophy and methodology of the discipline and practice of geography. Ranging over every aspect of the subject, he considers the attractions, opportunities and responsibilities of life as a geographer and tries to answer some of the basic questions facing the discipline. The result is a highly individual look at geography and geographers, illustrated throughout from his own research and experience.

Geography is immemorial and universal: it touches us in many ways, in many forms and frequently in a manner neither fully perceived nor understood. Today interest in geography is booming: both the need for greater geographic awareness and the geographer's vital role in understanding the processes and consequences of global and environmental change have received widespread recognition throughout the world. Yet the nature of the subject and the role of geographers remain little known to non-geographers and have yet to penetrate many hallowed academic and government halls. Just what do geographers do? What fires their imagination? Why are they so devoted to their subject? How can geography be used? Do we need more or less geographers, and how should they be educated? These and many other issues are addressed by Peter Haggett as he ranges over every aspect of the subject, theoretical and applied, physical and human, in order to explain the essence and importance of this multi-faceted subject. Few books can have conveyed so convincingly and so vividly the intellectual challenge of working in the field and the vital relevance of the discipline to contemporary human and environmental problems.

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Drawing on his 35 years in the discipline, Haggett (geography, U. of Bristol, England) surveys geography and the day-to-day activities, opportunities, attractions, and responsibilities of life as a geographer. He also discusses issues of a geographer's role in academia and applied science, and questions regarding appropriate education and training. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631199830
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Haggett has held research and teaching posts at universities around the world for more than thirty-five years. Since 1966 he has held the Chair of Urban and Regional Geography in the University of Bristol, England. With Torsten Hagerstrand he is one of the two geographers among the members of the European Academy.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Plates.

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

1. A Distant Mirror.

Part I: The Search:.

2. Levels of Resolution.

3. The Art of the Mappable.

4. Regional Synthesis.

5. The Arrows of Space.

Part II: The Searchers: .

6. Family History.

7. Shifting Styles.

8. Geography Future.

Postscript: On Going Further in Geography.

Notes.

Index.

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