Modern Geographical Thought by Richard Peet
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Richard Peet looks in detail at the main trends in human geographic thought over the last thirty years, relating these to broader themes in philosophy and social theory. Beginning with existential phenomenology and humanistic geography, the book covers radical geography and Marxism, structuralism, structuration theory, realism, locality studies, various streams of poststructuralism and postmodernism, and feminism. Each chapter goes into a few theories in depth, concentrating on the major works and the nature of their contribution. Many of the ideas covered are dense and complex, but the reader is drawn gradually into the text through notions understandable to students. After spending time with this book the reader should be able to tackle virtually any philosophical theme in contemporary geographical thought. The book will be central to courses in geographical thought and the history of geographical thought, and as part of virtually all courses in human geography which entail philosophy and theory. Richard Peet is Professor at the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, and Editor of “Human Geography”. His previous books include “Radical Geography” (Methuen, 1978), “International Capitalism and International Restructuring” (with Nigel Thrift, Allen & Unwin, 1987), “New Models in Geography” (2 volumes, Unwin Hyman, 1989), “Global Capitalism” (Routledge, 1991) and “Liberation Ecologies” (with Michael Watts, Routledge, 1996).