Geography and geographers: Anglo-American human geography since 1945

R. J. Johnston

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A review of the development of human geography since 1945 in Anglo-America (largely North America and the United Kingdom), structured in terms of an 'outer book' (Chapter 1 and 7) and an 'inner book' (Chapters 2 - 6). The outer book outlines the academic environment of institutions and career structures, and of outside forces and demands that impinged on academic geography in this period. It also developes Kuhn's model of 'normal Sience' and paradigm shift as a possible explanatory framework for the changes observed in academic geography over this period. Chapters 2 to 6 detail these changes, in broadly chronological order, with individual chapters focussing on the inherited tradition of geographical endeavour, the growth of systematic studies and the 'scientific' method' , the rise of spatial theory and spatial systems, behavioural geography and other alternative courses to positivism, and the relevance/radical reform movement.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Arnold
Number of pages232
ISBN (Print)0713162384, 0713162392, 9780713162387, 9780713162394
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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