Department of Geography
New Book

Geography - History and Concepts

Professor Emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen. This standard student reference has been totally revised and updated. It remains the definitive introduction to the history, philosophy, and methodology of human geography. Now in a fourth edition

Main content

Now including a detailed explanation of key ideas in human geography's postmodernist an post-structuralist "turns".

The book is organized into five sections:

  • What is Geography?: An historical overview of the discipline and an explanation of its organization; with more on the growth of spatial sciences, Geographical Information Systems, and ways of representing the world
  • Foundations of Geography: An examination of geography from Antiquity to the early modern period
  • Geography 1950-1980: a critical review of of the development of geography as a spatial science
  • Paradigms and Revolutions: An analysis of paradigm shifts in geography, the philosophy of science, and the quantitative revolution;
  • Positivism and its Critics:A critical discussion of positivism, empiricism, structuration theory, realism; as well as an introduction to core themes and concepts in current geographical thought including space, place, and post-modernism
  • New Trends and Ideas: A review of global processes and local responses, from economic globalization to global environmental change

Extensively revised to take account of new developments in geographical thought and methods, the text explores complex ideas in an intelligible and accessible style. Illustrated throughout with summaries, notes for further reading and a concept glossary, this is the essential student companion to the discipline: it will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate students.

Sage Publications

Paperback ISBN 9781412946506
Hardcover ISBN 9781412946490