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A classic that wasn’t: Statistical Geography and paths only later taken

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalProgress in Human Geography
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DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jan 2019
DatePublished (current) - 27 Jan 2019

Abstract

Science is a cumulative activity, a body of knowledge sedimented in its publications, which form the foundation for further activity. Some items attract more attention than others; some are largely ignored. This paper looks at a largely overlooked book – Statistical Geography – published by three US sociologists at a time when geographers were launching their ‘quantitative revolution’. There was little literature within the discipline on which that revolution could be based, and a book with that title could have been seminal. But it was not, and as a consequence – as illustrated with three examples – major issues in spatial analysis were not addressed in the revolution’s early years. The paper explores why.

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  • Statistical Geography, quantitative revolution, scientific progress

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