Geography - History and Concepts: A Student's Guide

Geography - History and Concepts: A Student's Guide

by Arild Holt - Jensen (Author)


Totally revised and updated, the Third Edition of this bestselling textbook is the definitive introduction to the history, philosophy and methodology of human geography. The book is organized into five sections: an historical overview of the discipline and an explanation of its organization; an examination of geography from Antiquity to the early modern period; an analysis of paradigm shifts and the quantitative revolution; discussions of postivism, empiricism, structuration theory, realism and postmodernism; and finally an introduction to core themes and concepts in current geographical thought including space, place and feminism. Illustrated throughout with summaries, notes for further reading and a concept glossary, this text explores complex ideas in an intelligible and accessible style, and has been extensively revised to take account of new developments in geographical thought and methods.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Edition: Third
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Published: 31 Mar 1999

ISBN 10: 0761961801
ISBN 13: 9780761961802

Media Reviews
Praise for the Second Edition:

`Wide ranging, well composed, and especially well balanced, as a good student's guide should be' - Professional Geographer

`Arid Holt-Jensen has written a useful textbook in geography, viewed both as a disciplinary text and as a learning tool. Both students and instructors will benefit from this work.' - Norwegian Journal of Geography

Author Bio
Arild Holt-Jensen (born 1937) is professor emeritus at Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway. He has been teaching geography in Bergen since 1965 and is the author of a number of books and articles on history and concepts of geography, environmental, urban and regional planning as well as general textbooks for highschool geography. Rewarded in 2000 `Modeens Minnemedalj' by the Finnish Geographical Society for achievements in geographical education. He has served as Department chair, member of University Senate, member of editorial board for GeoJournal, member of the Council in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) . He has long experience in setting up and organising cross-disciplinary courses in environmental science and planning. His research in settlement geography, environmental, local and regional planning cover studies in Norway, the Nordic and Baltic countries. He has been guest professor at University of Washington, Seattle. He has lead a number of field courses for BA and MA students in Norway and the Baltic countries. Holt-Jensen coordinated 2000-2004 the NEHOM (Neighbourhood Housing Models) project, financed by EU 5th framework programme, involving 11 partners in 8 European countries, which was followed up in the period 2004-2008 by a Nordic - Baltic project financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. One result of this project is (Holt-Jensen A and Pollock, E. (eds 2009):' Urban Sustainablility and Governance; New Challenges for Nordic and Baltic Housing Policies'. NOVA, New York. From the start of his university studies he has been active in local and national politics: as member of the Norwegian Liberal Party he headed its Environmental Commission 1968 - 1975 (national), was member of Bergen City Council 1971-1979 and later functioned as Chair of `Landas City District' board in 12 years. From 2004 he shifted to membership in Bergen Socialist (Labour) Party.