An Introduction to the Concept of Landscape in Geography
Keywords:Production of Landscapes, Landscape as Text, Marxist Geography
The diversity of landscape concepts and definitions often perplexes researchers who are new to landscape studies, this is the most common challenge faced by most of such researchers. In terms of meaning and application the term “landscape” is highly diverse. Different disciplines, such as art, architecture, archaeology, ecology, and geography have developed and defined the concept of landscape in different ways. Even within geography, the concept is confusing due to differences in its application by different paradigms in different manner. Different schools of thought or paradigms of geography had differently perceived the concept of landscape. At a general level landscape is divided as natural and cultural, at the same time this distinction appears to be fading in more specialised academic engagements. Humanistic geographers consider landscape as a social product, whereas historical geographers focus on the origins of landscapes. Cultural geographers take a more qualitative approach to landscape, seeing it as a symbolic representation of values and meanings. This paper is an endeavor to address the cardinal genres of landscape engagements in geography.
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