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GEOG 3210
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Situating and Defining Agricultural Geography Definitions  The study of the Earth’s surface as the space within which the human population lives o Hagget (1990)  The study of the earth as the home of people o Tuan (1991)  Geography is concerned with the accurate, orderly, and rational description and interpretation of the variable character of the earth’s surface o Harstshorne (1959) Pattison’s Four Traditions  Geography is not especially well known or understood by those outside the discipline  This can be explained in part by the breadth of focus  William D. Pattison (1964) argued that four distinct traditions can be identified  Pattison’s “Traditions” represent one model of the discipline  Each of these themes can be traced to Greek scholars. Pattison’s Four Traditions  Spatial (Analysis) Tradition  Area Study Tradition  Human-environment interaction Tradition  Earth Science Tradition The Spatial Tradition  Resets on the assumption that “spatial order” exists  Spatial order, hierarchy and patterns o Alberta example  Edmonton and Calgary in one class  Grande Prairie, Fort Mac, Red Deer, Lethbridg
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