Human geography

Human geography

Human geography is a branch of geography that focuses on the study of patterns and processes that shape human interaction with the environment, with particular reference to the causes and consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity on the Earth's surface.


It encompasses human, political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of social sciences. While the major focus of human geography is not the physical landscape of the Earth (see physical geography), it is not possible to discuss human geography without going into the physical landscape on which human activities are being played out, and environmental geography is emerging as an important link between the two. Human geography is methodologically diverse using both qualitative methods and quantitative methods, including case studies, survey research, statistical analysis, and model building among others.Anything that is hand made is classed as human geography for example:house,shops,shools etc.

Fields of human geography

The main fields of study in human geography focus around the core fields of:
*Cultural geography is the study of cultural products and norms and their variation across and relations to spaces and places. It focuses on describing and analyzing the ways language, religion, economy, government, and other cultural phenomena vary or remain constant from one place to another and on explaining how humans function spatially [Jordan, Terry, Mona Domosh and Lester Rowntree (eds.); 1994; The Human Mosaic: A thematic introduction to cultural geography. HarperCollins: New York]
**Subfields include: Children's geographies, Sexuality and space, Animal Geographies, Language geography & Religion geography

*Development geography is the study of the Earth's geography with reference to the standard of living and quality of life of its human inhabitants.

*Economic geography is the study of the location, distribution and spatial organization of economic activities across the Earth. The subject matter investigated is strongly influenced by the researcher's methodological approach.
**Subfields include Marketing geography

*Health geography is the application of geographical information, perspectives, and methods to the study of health, disease, and health care.

*Historical geography is the study of the human, physical, fictional, theoretical, and "real" geographies of the past. Historical geography studies a wide variety of issues and topics. A common theme is the study of the geographies of the past and how a place or region changes through time. Many historical geographers study geographical patterns through time, including how people have interacted with their environment, and created the cultural landscape.
**Subfields include Time geography

*Political geography is concerned with the study of both the spatially uneven outcomes of political processes and the ways in which political processes are themselves affected by spatial structures.
**Subfields include Electoral geography, Geopolitics, Strategic geography & Military geography

*Population geography is the study of the ways in which spatial variations in the distribution, composition, migration, and growth of populations are related to the nature of places. Population geography involves demography in a geographical perspective. It focuses on the characteristics of population distributions that change in a spatial context.

*Urban geography is the study of urban areas. That is the study of areas which have a high concentration of buildings and infrastructure. These are areas where the majority of economic activities are in the secondary sector and tertiary sectors. They probably have a high population density.

*Tourism geography is the study of travel and tourism as an industry, as a human activity, and especially as a place-based experience.
** Subfields include Transportation geography

Within each of the subfields various philosophical approach can be used in research therefore an urban geographer could be a Feminist or Marxist geographer etc. Such approaches are:
* Behavioral geography
* Critical geography
* Feminist geography
* Marxist geography
* Non-representational theory
* Poststructuralist geography
* Psychoanalytic geography

List of notable human geographers

* Carl Ritter (1779 – 1859) - Considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern geography and first chair in geography at the University of Berlin. Also noted for his use of organic analogy in his works.
* Paul Vidal de la Blache (1845 - 1918) - Founder of the French School of Geopolitics and possiblism.
* Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861 – 1947) - Author of The Geographical Pivot of History, co-founder of London School of Economics along with the Geographical Association.
* Carl O. Sauer (1889 – 1975) - Critic of Environmental determinism and proponent of Cultural ecology.
* Walter Christaller (1893 – 1969) - Economic geographer and developer of Central Place Theory.
* Richard Hartshorne (1899 – 1992) - Scholar in the history and philosophy of geography.
* Torsten Hägerstrand (1916 - 2004) - Critic of the quantitative revolution and regional science and a noted figure in critical geography.
* Waldo R. Tobler (born 1930) - Developer of the First law of geography.
* David Harvey (born 1935) - world's most cited academic geographer and winner of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. Also noted for his work in critical geography and on a critique of global capitalism.
* Edward Soja (born 1941) - Noted for his work on regional development, planning and governance along with coining the terms Synekism and Postmetropolis.
* Allen J Scott (born 1938) Winner of Vautrin Lud Prize in 2003. Numerous books and papers on economic and urban geography. Known for his work on regional development, new industrial spaces, agglomeration theory, global city-regions, and the cultural economy.
* Doreen Massey (born 1944) - Key scholar in the space and places of globalisation and its pluralities, winner of the Vautrin Lud Prize.
* Nigel Thrift (born 1949) - Developer of Non-representational theory.
* Derek Gregory (born 1951) - Famous for writing on Israel, United States and UK actions in the Middle East after 9/11. Influenced by Edward Said and has controbuted to work on Imagined geographies.
* Gillian Rose (born 1962) - Most famous for her critique: "Feminism & Geography: The Limits of Geographical Knowledge" (1993) which was one of the first moves towards a development of feminist geography

Human geography journals

As with all social sciences, human geographers publish research and other written work in a variety of academic journals. Whilst human geography is interdisciplinary, there are a number of journals with a human geography focus. These include:columns |colwidth=28em
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*"Antipode (journal)"
*"Area (journal)"
*"Environment and Planning"
*"Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers"
*"Progress in Human Geography"

Further reading

*cite book|last=Cloke|first=Paul J.| coauthors = et al |title=Introducing Human Geographies |publisher=Hodder Arnold, London |date=2005
*cite book|last=Daniels|first=Peter | coauthors = et al |title=An Introduction to Human Geography |publisher=Prentice-Hall, London |date=2004
*cite book|last=Johnston|first=R.J.|title=The Dictionary of Human Geography |publisher=Blackwell Publishers, London |date=2000
*cite book|last=Flowerdew|first=Robin| coauthors = Martin, David |title=Methods in Human Geography: A Guide for Students Doing a Research Project |publisher=Prentice-Hall, London |date=1997
*cite book|last=Johnston|first=R.J|title=Geographies of Global Change: Remapping the World |publisher=Blackwell Publishers, London |date=2002
*cite book|last=Cloke|first=Paul J.| coauthors = et al |title=Envisioning Human Geographies |publisher=Hodder Arnold, London |date=2004
*cite book|last=Blij |first=Harm J.De| coauthors = et al |title=Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts |publisher=John Wiley and Sons, London |date=2001
*cite book|last=Crang|first=Mike| coauthors = Thrift, Nigel |title=Thinking Space |publisher=Routledge , London |date=2000
*cite book|last=Gregory, Martin & Smith, Eds.|first=Derik, Ron & Graham |title=Human Geography: Society, Space and Social Science|publisher=Macmillan, London |date=1994
* Moseley, W.G., D. Lanegran and K. Pandit (eds). (2007). The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press. ISBN 978-1-4051-4922-8.
*cite book|last=Soja|first=Edward|title=Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory|publisher=Verso, London |date=1989
*cite book|last=Harvey|first=David|title=Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference|publisher=Blackwell Publishers, Inc., Malden, Mass. |date=1995

AP Human Geography

Advanced Placement Human Geography

External links

* [ CommonCensus Map Project] - Drawing a human-geographic map of the United States based on votes from its website



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