Geography Program (SNR)


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Published in The Professional Geographer 24:2 (May 1972), pp. 168–169. Copyright © 1972 by the Association of American Geographers; published by Wiley-Blackwell. Used by permission.


Most introductory textbooks in geography are content-oriented, some pay lip service to basic concepts in geography, and still others are like tombstones conveying concepts and content of a bygone era. Abler, Adams and Gould have presented an introductory text that is rich in concepts, is rooted in contemporary scientific thinking, and conveys a dynamic, futuristic view of geography. The basic thrust in the book is "the circularly causal relationships between spatial structure and spatial processes." Geographers with a "lands-and-peoples" view of geography will be disappointed.

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