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Approaching Human Geography: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Debates Paperback – 1 Apr 1991

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (1 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853961000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853961007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Philo was a Lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter, before becoming, in 1995, Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. He specialises in the history and theory of geographical thought, as well as the historical and social geographies of 'madness', 'outsiders' of all kinds and human-animal relations.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
The book contains a plethora of essays by a number of eminent Geographers - both living and dead. The book is a very useful tool for Human Geography undergraduates who want (or need) to find out more about the development of their subject. Many of the chapters are full of views and opinions of different geographers of different periods of time from the 19th century through to the present day. Topics cover the development of human geography as an academic subject, starting with the ideas of Halford Mackinder in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also covers the eminence of social science in the 1960s and the post-modern geographies - such as geographies of 'self' and 'other' as well as geographies of disability, gender. Some of the postmodern geographies covered, in my opinion, are a bit wishy-washy and cover what is more sociological than geographical. Some of the chapters are written in a very highbrow way which can make some parts very difficult to understand at first reading - it needs perseverance. It is, however, an invaluable book for any undergraduates studying the origins and development of the sub-discipline of Human Geography. All of the chapters will not be useful to everyone, but there is something useful in there for everybody studying Human Geography.
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Good at the time - still useful, but time for an update! 5 May 2006
By Eric P. Perramond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume was quite helpful when it came out 15 years ago, as a guide for a new graduate student in geography, and its current contents still have much merit especially for history of geog/philosophy of geog courses. And yet, for those familiar with the various 'schools of thought' in a theoretical sense, much has happened since 1991. It's time for an update fellow editors, to include the many internal and consulsive post-structural aspects not covered in the volume. If you have been in an undergraduate program that emphasized "how to" rather than "why" or "what is your philosophy of geography?" this is a great little volume to read over the summer BEFORE you begin graduate work.
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