Behavioral Geography And Its Impact On Human Behavior Essay

1187 Words Nov 6th, 2016 5 Pages
In this paper, two prominent critiques against the quantitative approach (based on spatial organization) in geography are discussed. In the first part one of the critiques “Behavioral geography” and in the second part another critique of quantitative revolution, “Humanistic geography” is studied.
Behavioral Geography:
During the late 1960’s and early 1960’s, a flaw in the quantitative revolution in geography to incorporate human’ individual action in the modeling of spatial science led the development of behavioral geography. Mechanistic and deterministic nature of quantitative models of human behavior by the positivists, focusing mainly on the economic and rational behavior of the man arose the dissatisfaction with the quantitative approach and attracted researchers to concern more on human behavior. Behavioral approach asserted that spatial analysis approach, which was based on the fact that individuals were both rational and optimizers in their spatial actions were too simplistic. Therefore, behavioral geography started to deal with environment defined by human behavior, considering human as focus and integral of every problem.1
Another influential problem which led the quantitative or spatial approach into question was how to test theoretical concepts and structures in the real world. Most of the theories were based on some rigid and predefined constraints. For instance, the landscape was considered as uniform plain surface around the world, transportation was considered…

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