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The Role of Theory

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The chapter considers some of the confusions and difficulties that those undertaking research in landscape architecture have with the notion of theory. It argues that many of these problems arise as a consequence of the discipline's relationship to the three great empires of academia: the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. After a survey of relevant theory from each of these domains, the chapter argues that researchers need to be able to engage with existing theory and to be prepared to find it anywhere.

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Author(s): Thompson IH

Editor(s): Adri van den Brink; Deidrich Bruns, Hilde Tobi, Simon Bell

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Research in Landscape Architecture: Methods and Methodology

Year: 2017

Pages: 37-53

Print publication date: 24/11/2016

Acceptance date: 15/04/2016

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London, UK

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138020924


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