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Human geography

Chapter


Abstract


  • Human geography is a major subdiscipline within the

    wider subject field of geography. Traditionally, geography

    is considered the study of the Earth's environments and

    peoples, and the interactions between them. 'Geography'

    comes from ancient Greek origins (Eratosthenes was the

    first to use it), literally translating as 'to write or describe

    the world'. In classical and Enlightenment geography,

    humans and the 'natural' world were usually described in

    conjunction, often in a regional fashion, as Europeans

    encountered unfamiliar places in exploration and empire.

    Since the late nineteenth century, this conjoint understanding

    of geography - as describing the natural and

    human world, region by region - has gradually been

    augmented by more precise subdisciplinary pursuits and

    identities.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Gibson, C. R. (2009). Human geography. In R. Kitchin & N. Thrift (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 218-231). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Book Title


  • International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

Start Page


  • 218

End Page


  • 231

Abstract


  • Human geography is a major subdiscipline within the

    wider subject field of geography. Traditionally, geography

    is considered the study of the Earth's environments and

    peoples, and the interactions between them. 'Geography'

    comes from ancient Greek origins (Eratosthenes was the

    first to use it), literally translating as 'to write or describe

    the world'. In classical and Enlightenment geography,

    humans and the 'natural' world were usually described in

    conjunction, often in a regional fashion, as Europeans

    encountered unfamiliar places in exploration and empire.

    Since the late nineteenth century, this conjoint understanding

    of geography - as describing the natural and

    human world, region by region - has gradually been

    augmented by more precise subdisciplinary pursuits and

    identities.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Gibson, C. R. (2009). Human geography. In R. Kitchin & N. Thrift (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 218-231). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Book Title


  • International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

Start Page


  • 218

End Page


  • 231