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MODERN GEOGRAPHERS



While the above discussion may give the impression of human geography being a fragmented field, in fact it is the only way in which we can understand the form and complexity of the organization of the modern world.
The practices of human geography today are no longer limited to simple geometric space.
Rather, modern human geographers stress how geographic space is organized by and for relationships.
This means that geographic space no longer is conceived of as a static container for objects, processes, or flows-Euclidian geometry (with the dimensions x, y, z) or simply by the laws of physics and natural processes.
There has been increasing importance of the concept of "place" (local human-physical environments) in the work and thinking of human geographers over the last two decades.
The visions of place of John Agnew and Doreen Massey are complementary in this connection and allow a better understanding of the concept.
For Agnew, the concept of place has three dimension: the first is connected with the idea of location as it refers to the social and economic processes that endow it with a material character; the second-locale-refers to daily social relationships that lead to the creation of an environment (setting); and the third refers to the creation of a subjective feeling as to this environment.
The processes participating in the creation of this place involve actors operating at different levels.
This English geographer points out that the relationships places maintain with each other are the product of particular power arrangements, be these of an individual, institutional, material or imaginative character; they are the specific interrelationships that define the particular characteristics of each one.
Clearly, for human geographers, the role and impact of nature upon humans and how humans and their various idiosyncratic cultures and politics affect the organization and manifestation of geography remain key topics for analysis and description.#