A Companion to Economic Geography (Blackwell Companions to by Eric S. Sheppard, Trevor J. Barnes

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In 1953 Fred K. '' It was both a repudiation of Hartshorne's position, and a call for a scientific approach to geography based upon the search for geographical laws (the ultimate form of a scientific generalization). Unfortunately, Schaefer died in June 1953, before his article even appeared in print, and so he was never able to elaborate his argument, nor defend himself from Hartshorne's (1955) subsequent attack. But the article became a rallying point for the younger generation of economic geographers who were intent on reinventing the discipline as a science, or ``spatial science'' as it was later dubbed.

It was always more complicated. By the time Chisholm died in 1930, the legitimacy of economic geographical discourse, and the object it constituted, were established. His work in part set the economic geographical die, stamped, as we've seen, by such characteristics as a wariness of theory, a concern with empirical detail, a celebration of numbers, a predilection for geographical categorization made visible by the map, and a tracing of relations among places through the media of various kinds of economic flows, especially that of the commodity.

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