Thinking Geographically (Continuum Collection) by Brendan Bartley, Phil Hubbard, Rob Kitchin, Duncan Fuller

By Brendan Bartley, Phil Hubbard, Rob Kitchin, Duncan Fuller

Thinking Geographically bargains scholars and school alike a sublime, concise, and thorough evaluation of latest theoretical issues in geography. simply obtainable to these unexpected with social idea, this quantity "pushes the envelope" of knowing via sketching the contours of post-structuralist spatial proposal, together with such serious rising themes as geographies of textual content, the physique, cash, and globalisation. short biographies of influential theorists display how principles are embodied and personified. This quantity is very helpful for classes in human geography, the background and standing of the self-discipline, and should stand as a milestone within the discipline's conceptual realizing over the subsequent decade or more."
Barney Warf, Florida kingdom University

The final decade has noticeable Geography reworked by way of an wonderful diversity of cultural and philosophical ideas and techniques. considering Geographically is designed for college students as an available and stress-free creation to this new panorama of geographical principles.

The booklet takes the reader in the course of the background of geographic idea as much as a survey of the current. modern concept is then used to discover genuine global concerns drawn from around the self-discipline of social, cultural, political and fiscal geography.

Entertainingly written and jam-packed with examples and with profiles of key theorists, the ebook is a perfect advent for any pupil who desires to observe the possibility of considering geographically.

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This has involved attempts to examine individuals' way-finding abilities through psychological investigations and computational analysis of 'place utility' and spatial choice. An important idea underlying these explorations is that the complexity of the world is reduced through cognitive processes that serve to summarize spatial relations in terms of key routes between anchor points. This marks an important elaboration of Lynch's (1960) basic ideas that the world is understood in terms of nodes, landmarks, neighbourhoods, edges and paths.

Although many of these individuals and groups were writing in the 1940s and 1950s at a time when descriptive regional analysis was still predominant, their influence was primarily felt in the late 1960s as dissatisfaction with the mechanistic and deterministic nature of the models prominent in the discipline began to take hold (Gold, 1992). One of the most important ideas that these geographers began to introduce to the discipline is that space is not a real (or objective) phenomenon which is experienced and understood in a similar manner by all individuals.

In short, it became axiomatic that the relationships between things on the earth's surface could be explained in terms of these key concepts, and that it was possible to discern regular patterns which could be (geometrically) mapped and modelled (Wilson, 1999). This heralded a new language of spatial physics where human activities and phenomena could be reduced to movements, networks, nodes or hierarchies played out on the earth's surface. This effectively reduced the earth's surface to an isotropic plane - a blank canvas on which human relationships were played out.

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