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Cultural Encounters with the Environment: Enduring and Evolving Geographic Themes
     

Cultural Encounters with the Environment: Enduring and Evolving Geographic Themes

by Alexander B. Murphy
 

In Cultural Encounters with the Environment, a distinguished group of contributors offers a fresh and original view of contemporary geography. The authors explore the role of four traditional themes in the “new cultural geography”: the interplay between the evolution of particular biophysical niches and the activities of the culture groups that

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In Cultural Encounters with the Environment, a distinguished group of contributors offers a fresh and original view of contemporary geography. The authors explore the role of four traditional themes in the “new cultural geography”: the interplay between the evolution of particular biophysical niches and the activities of the culture groups that inhabit them; the diffusion of cultural traits; the establishment and definition of culture areas; and the distinctive mix of geographical characteristics that gives places their special character in relation to one another. By examining how cultural space is constructed; how environment is remade, understood, and imaged as a consequence; and how people lay claim to place, this volume establishes a compelling case for the importance of these enduring concepts to present and future trajectories in cultural geography.

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Economic Geography
The Murphy and Johnson volume stands out as being singularly important, and though it will be read by cultural geographers, it should be read by practitioners from other sub-disciplines as well, particularly those who have been less than impressed, and terribly enamored, of cultural geography in the past. There is much to be learned from this volume, in no small way because it involves contributions by the best cultural geographers.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
The collection does not contain a flat article. The papers in this collection make a genuine effort to bring their words to a level of understanding that will cause future encounters with the environment to gain some new meaning if good cultural geography is practiced and applied in response to such encounters.
Progress In Human Geography
It should go without saying that all cultural geographers should read this book. Portions will be of interest to other geographers as well as scholars in other fields. Both the editors and the publisher should be commended.
Historical Geography
The individual papers chosen by the editors are both meritorious and variously interesting.
Everett G. Smith
A large audience will find the book useful as well as absorbing and provocative. This is an impressive document: scholarly, informative, and literate.
Mona Domosh
The quality of the essays is high, and they make important contributions to scholarship in cultural geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742501058
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.95(d)

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Mona Domosh
The quality of the essays is high, and they make important contributions to scholarship in cultural geography.
Mona Domosh
Everett G. SmithJr.
A large audience will find the book useful as well as absorbing and provocative. This is an impressive document: scholarly, informative, and literate.
Everett G. Smith, Jr.

Meet the Author

Alexander B. Murphy is professor of geography and holds the Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. Douglas L. Johnson is professor of geography at Clark University.

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