humanistic geography

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Geography centred on human perception, capability, creativity, experience, and values; ‘space and time not only have a form, but…they also have a meaning’ (Ley (2003) PHG27, 5). It maintains that any investigation will be subjective, reflecting the attitudes and perceptions of the researcher, who may also be an influence on the very field of his study; see Y. -F. Tuan (1974). ‘Humanistic geography represents a duality of reason and feeling, science and ethics. As a scientific approach, it is concerned with uncovering the truth regarding people's experiential relationship with place. It does not regard the phenomena under consideration as merely an object of research, rather it bears an ethical message of concern for those objects, be they human beings, nature or place’ (Hasson (1984) Prof. Geogr. 36, 1).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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