human geography

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The study of the patterns and dynamics of human activity on the landscape. Broadly conceived, human geography includes both those areas of geographic study that are more narrowly focused on human activity, and those that are particularly concerned with human-environment dynamics, or the nature–society tradition (W. Moseley et al., 2007). ‘That part of the discipline of geography concerned with the spatial differentiation and organisation of human activity and its interrelationships with the physical environment’ (R. J. Johnston et al., 2000). ‘More than just analyzing and taking note of where people and their possessions are, however, geography studies the interactions and social habits of humans within and across all spaces. Basically, geographers critically examine how humans organize and identify themselves in space—how we create “places”. Thus, the science of human geography does not look at location per se, as much as it does at the mobility of, access to, and barriers against human processes’ (Oas (no date) Implications 1, 7). Warf (2004) Prof. Geogr. 56, 1 comments that ‘human geography has changed so much and so quickly over the last decade that any prediction of its status ten years hence is undoubtedly doomed to failure’. See M. Phillips, ed. (2005).

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