Landscape (Key Ideas in Geography) by John Wylie

By John Wylie

Landscape is a stimulating advent to and modern understanding of essentially the most vital suggestions inside of human geography. a sequence of alternative influential readings of panorama are debated and explored, and, for the 1st time, specified traditions of panorama writing are introduced jointly and tested as an entire, in a forward-looking severe assessment of labor through cultural geographers and others in the final twenty to thirty years. This publication truly and concisely explores ‘landscape’ theories and writings, permitting scholars of geography, environmental experiences and cultural reviews to totally understand this gigantic and intricate subject.

To reduction the coed, vignettes are used to focus on key writers, papers and texts. Annotated extra studying and pupil workouts also are incorporated. For researchers and teachers, Landscape offers a forward-looking synthesis of hitherto disparate fields of inquiry, one that bargains a platform for destiny learn and writing.

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For him landscape analysis . . , original emphasis). The landscape is an objective, external, material assembly of facts and things which is realised through direct encounter and observation. In contrast to the archival and discursive tenor of much historiography, here the principles and methods of the field sciences apply: knowledge is gained primarily through getting out and about, again preferably on foot, and being prepared to root around in neglected corners for the forgotten key which might unlock an entire scene.

I think it is useful to introduce Sauer in such a setting, a field setting, out in the open, a sort of open-air seminar room, because one of his signature beliefs was that fieldwork was the defining hallmark of both landscape studies and human geography more widely. For Sauer, fieldwork – getting out and about, preferably on foot with all senses alert, and as part of a group containing both experts and novices – defined both geographers and the landscapes they studied: Underlying what I am trying to say is the conviction that geography is first of all knowledge gained by observation.

And Carl Sauer’s landscape writing continues to resonate today, especially in North America (see for example Norton’s (2000) introductory cultural geography text), and to appear, renewed, in unexpected places. Whatmore, 2002; Greenhough and Roe, 2006). G. 1 Nostalgia Is landscape always already nostalgic? Is there something inherently backward-looking about the concept, some quality which implies a turning-away from the present, a favorable contemplation of the past, a gaze upon a rose-tinted, evening-softened scene?

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