Key Texts in Human Geography
- Phil Hubbard - Kings College, London, UK, Loughborough University, UK, University of Kent, UK
- Rob Kitchin - Maynooth University, Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
- Gill Valentine - Sheffield University, UK
Geographical Methodology | Geography, Earth & Environmental Science | Human Geography (General)
- THE Textbook Guide
"Will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals."
- Professor James Sidaway, University of Plymouth
'An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core." - Barney Warf, Florida State University
Undergraduate geography students are often directed to 'key' texts in the literature but find them difficult to read because of their language and argument. As a result, they fail to get to grips with the subject matter and gravitate towards course textbooks instead.
Key Texts in Human Geography serves as a primer and companion to the key texts in human geography published over the past 40 years. It is not a reader, but a volume of 26 interpretive essays highlighting:
- the significance of the text
- how the book should be read
- reactions and controversies surrounding the book
- the book's long-term legacy.
It is an essential reference guide for all students of human geography and provides an invaluable interpretive tool in answering questions about human geography and what constitutes geographical knowledge.
A book that will delight students… Key Texts in Human Geography is a primer of 26 interpretive essays designed to open up the subject's landmark monographs of the past 50 years to critical interpretation. The commissioned essays aim to assess the impacts, responses, significance and legacies of the books they discuss while evaluating their key arguments and providing a guide to how they should be read. In this sense, the book is brilliantly successful. The essays are uniformly excellent and the enthusiasm of the authors for the project shines through…
For those students who would have engaged with the original texts anyway, this will be an invaluable companion; for many others, it will be an invaluable crib sheet… for my money, this is as good a list as any and one that accurately reflects the curricula of the courses for which it is designed… it will find itself at the top of a thousand module handouts
THE Textbook Guide
Key Texts in Human Geography will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals…
Prof James D Sidaway
School of Geography, University of Plymouth
An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core
Florida State University
We hardly can lay our hands on most of the works put together in this book in Nigeria. So it is a great book with collections of previous works needed to thrive as a contemporary forward looking geographer.
The book has very interesting comments about fundamental writings of important geographers. I consider those authors in my course, and with this book we can go in depth with their writings.
an excellent guding companion resource
Particularly helpful in undergraduate seminars where previous knowledge of students does not always suffice for understanding primary texts.
A useful single volume access to key papers. I would have liked a better degree of cross-referencing with the companion volumes in the series (e.g. key thinkers on space and place and key concepts).
Good breadth and depth - excellent and useful reviews of important material
Excellent text, well organized and thorough
The book is recommended text at our master course "History and Philosophy of geography"