Geografie 2005, 110, 91-102

Changes of agricultural geography

Ivan Bičík

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The paper deals with the position of agricultural geography in the system of geographical sciences and with the changes in orientation of main themes treated by new research and publication activities of this geographical sub-discipline. In the initial stages, description of reality prevailed in agricultural geography, then it went through the period of "business (commercial) geography", then the main interest of agricultural geographers was concentrated at world agriculture typology issues and still later at land use. Since the end of the 1970's, a shift from agricultural geography to rural geography has been evident. It corresponds with the trend of the shift of geography to a broadly conceived cultural or human geography. Since the 1990's critical voices refusing an exaggerated sociologization of geographical themes in rural research have been growing. In that period, research has concentrated at globalization as topical process of the world economy. Recently, studies paying attention to environmental issues are more frequent.


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