Geography 882: Development of Geographic Thought

Section Three: Approaches to understanding the history of geographic thought

3.1 Anglo-American Geography in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Reprise (click here for module)

Barnes, T ((2001) “Retheorizing Economic Geography: From the Quantitative

Revolution to the ‘Cultural Turn’.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91:3, 546-65.


Harvey D (2006) “Space as a Keyword.” In N Castree and D Gregory (eds.), David

Harvey: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.


Wolpert J (1970) “Departures from the Usual Environment in Locational Analysis.”

Annals of the Association of American Geographers 50:2, 220-229.

3.2 The Paradigm Concept (click here for module)

1.1 The Paradigm Concept and its Application to Geography

A Mair (1986) "Thomas Kuhn and Understanding Geography." Progress in Human Geography 10:3, 345-69.


1.2 The Critique of Kuhn

In addition to the readings for 1.1 above:

P J Taylor (1976) "An Interpretation of the Quantification Debate in British Geography." Transactions, Institute of British Geographers NS 1, 129-42.

D Harvey (1973). Pp. 120-129 of "Revolutionary and Counter-Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation." Chapter 4 in Social Justice and the City. London: Arnold.

1.3 Specific Applications: The Spatial-Quantitative Revolution

D Livingstone (1992) "Statistics Don't Bleed." In The Geographical Tradition. Oxford: Blackwell.

Taylor and Harvey readings from 1.2 immediately above.


3.3 Contextual Approaches to the History of Geographic Thought

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D Stoddart (1966) "Darwin's Impact on Geography." Annals, Association of American Geographers 56:4, 683-98.

J Agnew, D Livingstone and A Rogers (1996) “Introduction.” Pp. 18-24 in Agnew et al. (eds.) Human Geography: An Essential Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell.

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