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“…the point is to change it”: Critical realism and human geography

Pratt, A.C. (2013). “…the point is to change it”: Critical realism and human geography. Dialogues in Human Geography, 3(1), pp. 26-29. doi: 10.1177/2043820613485048


This paper picks up themes discussed in Cox’s (2013) ‘Notes on a brief encounter: critical realism, historical materialism and human geography’. I argue that perhaps the encounter was more complex than Cox allows. At core Cox underplays, or marginalises, the discussion of causality and dismisses the significance of ontology stressing instead epistemology. The paper makes a case for another reading of the debate, one that has continuing significance.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2013
Publisher Keywords: critical realism, geographical historical materialism, ontology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Culture & the Creative Industries
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