On human geography

R. J. Johnston

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If human geography is to be treated and identified as central to the social sciences, a theory of society must be developed that incorporates the traditional geographical concerns of place, space and environment. Having outlined such a theory, the author explores a range of issues that has long been the focus of debate among geographers, including the role of quantification and its equation with the philosophy of positivism; the relationships between human and physical geography; the validity of the systematic subdivision of the discipline; the application of human geographical knowledge and skills, and the value and role of geographical education. Drawing on first-hand experience, the difficulties of reconciling the individual beliefs and aspirations of human geographers with their thoughts and research in human geography are discussed. -J.Sheail

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBasil Blackwell
ISBN (Print)0631140239
Publication statusPublished - 1986

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