This book highlights the increasingly important contribution of geographical theory to the understanding of social change, values, economic & political organization and ethical imperatives. As a cohesive collection of chapters from well-known geographers in Britain and North America, it reflects the aims of the contributors in striving to bridge the gap between the historical-materialist and humanist interpretations of human geography. The book deals with both the contemporary issues outlined above and the situation in which they emerge: industrial restructuring, planning, women’s issues, social and cultural practices and the landscape as context for social action.
Introduction: Humanism and Historical Materialism in Contemporary Social Geography Audrey Kobayashi & Suzanne Mackenzie Part 1: Issues 1. The Social and Economic Imperatives of Restructuring: A Geographic Perspective John Bradbury 2. Restructuring the Relations of Work and Life: Women as Environmental Actors, Feminism as Geographic Analysis Suzanne Mackenzie 3. Theory, Hypothesis, Explanation and Action: The Example of Urban Planning Jeanne M. Wolfe 4. Synthesis in Human Geography: A Demonstration of Historical Materialism Richard Harris Part 2: Methods 5. Quantitative Techniques and Humanistic-historical Materialist Perspectives Geraldine Pratt 6. Theory and Measurement in Historical Materialism Simon Foot, David Rigby & Michael Webber 7. Structure and Agency in Economic Geography and Theories of Economic Value Trevor Barnes 8. Responsive Methods, Geographical Imagination and the Study of Landscapes Edward Relph 9. A Critique of Dialectical Landscape Audrey Kobayashi Part 3: Directions 10. Historical Considerations of Humanism, Historical Materialism and Geography Denis Cosgrove 11. On the Dialogue Between Humanism and Historical Materialism in Geography Andrew Sayer 12. Fragmentation, Coherence and Limits to Theory in Human Geography David Ley.