ERIC Number: EJ1032854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 35
Geography's Crosscutting Themes: Golden Anniversary Reflections on "The Four Traditions of Geography"
Murphy, Alexander B.
Journal of Geography, v113 n5 p181-188 2014
William Pattison's seminal 1964 article outlining geography's four core traditions provided an informative overview of distinct strands of research and teaching in geography. His article enhanced appreciation of the discipline's intellectual diversity, but it did not address why the identified traditions should be grouped together under a single disciplinary umbrella. The concern of a broad range of geographers with spatial relationships, place characterization, and geographical context provides a crosscutting rationale for such a grouping. Emphasizing these crosscutting themes along with Pattison's four traditions (in updated form) can enhance efforts to communicate geography's essence to students and to the wider public.
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