Human Geography

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Geography 2152F/G
Bharat Punjabi

Human Geography 1282012 20400 PM What is Human Geography y A study of people or communities and their relationship with place and space y Human geographers use conventional social science tools to research urban rural and environmental problems y Has it roots in the English speaking world and evolved as a solid discipline in the US and UK y Anglophone or AngloAmerican geography y Carl Sauer o UCBerkeley geographer o Pioneering environmental research with a people centered and behavioral approach to environmental issuesQuantitative Approaches y Growth in the popularity of statistics and the use of quantitative approaches led to the emergence of quantitative geography in the UK y Dick Chorley and Peter Haggett in the UK y Work on location theory by economists such as Von Thunen Losch and Christaller using rational economic models grew in prominence in the disclipline in the 1930s and 40s y Brian Berry o Quantitative and factorial ecology approaches to studying inequality in American citiesRisk and Uncertainty y The limitations of formal modeling with respect to risk measurement are underlined by the Knightian and Keynesian concept of uncertainty Frank H Knight and John Maynard Keynes in 1921 y Both Knight and Keynes used the term uncertainty to refer to events regarding which no probability was calculable o Riska quantity susceptible of measurement o Uncertaintyimmeasurable and nonquantitative o Keynesuncertainty applies to situations where there is no scientific basis on which to form any calculable probability
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