The chapters in this book address fundamental questions of the nature and purpose of geography, scrutinising its contents, philosophy and methodology.
Aimed at undergraduates its purpose is to broaden the debate about what geography had become during the 1980s and what shape it might take in the future.
Part 1: The Content of Geography Introduction: Exploring The Future of Geography R. J. Johnston 1. Physical Geography and the Natural Environmental Sciences Peter Worsley 2. Holistic and Reductionist Aproaches to Geography I. G. Simmons and N. J. Cox 3. Geography Has Neither Existence Nor future Michael E. Eliot Hurst 4. The Value of A Geographical Perspective Peter J. Taylor Part 2: Philosophy and Methodology 5. Geography as a Scientific Enterprise John U. Marshall 6. Scientific Method in Geography Alan Hay 7.Arguments for a Humanistic Geography Stephen Daniels 8. Realism and Geography 9. Individual Action and Political Power: A Struturation Perspective James S. Duncan 10. Any Space for Spatial Analysis? Anthony G. Gatrell Part 3: Geography for Society 11. Quantification and Relevance 12. Geomorphology in the Service of Society 13. Understanding and Predicting the Physical World Antony Orme 14. Will Geographic Self-Creation Make You Blind? Peter Gould 15. Geography and Schooling John Huckle 16. Geography, Culture and Liberal Education J. M. Powell 17. To The Ends of the Earth R. J. Johnston. Index.