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Behavioral Geography and the Theoretical/Quantitative Revolution

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Beginning with a position statement about the serendipitous nature of the emergence of both normative theory and quantitative methods in Geography, this chapter details the nature of the various contributions to both areas by Behavioral Geographers. Contributions to data collection and both qualitative and quantitative analysis are reviewed for the periods 1960 to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on contributions made by those interested in decision making and choice behavior, particularly in terms of the role of Spatial Cognition (theory and methods) in fostering and extending those dual “revolutions.” Other themes emphasize the development of avenues of publication from the “gray literature” of Department Discussion Papers to the emergence of the journal Geographical Analysis and support by geographers for a variety of interdisciplinary journals. A final focus is on the great variety of themes pursued by the Behavioral Geographer of today, and some suggestions are made regarding possible avenues for future research.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Research Unit in Spatial Cognition and Choice, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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