Diversity amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development / Edition 4

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Diversity Amid Globalization explicitly acknowledges the geographic changes in today’s world by emphasizing both the homogenizing and diversifying forces inherent to the globalization process. This approach allows the authors to emphasize the interconnections that bind people and places together. The globalization approach challenges students to make critical comparisons between the regions of the world in order to understand them more fully.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136005544
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Rowntree is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where he researches and writes about environmental issues. This career change comes after three decades of teaching both Geography and Environmental Studies at San Jose State University in California. As an environmental geographer, Dr. Rowntree’s interests focus on international environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, and human-caused global change. He sees world regional geography as a way to engage and inform students by given them the conceptual tools needed to critically assess global issues. Dr. Rowntree has done research in Iceland, Alaska, Morocco, Mexico, Australia, and Europe, as well as in his native California. Current writing projects include a book on the natural history of California’s coast, as well as textbooks in geography and environmental science.

Martin Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in History at Stanford University. He has conducted extensive research on environmental geography in the Philippines and on the intellectual history of global geography. His publications included Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (1992), and, with Karen Wigen, The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (1997). Dr. Lewis has traveled extensively in East, South, and Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on the geographical dimensions of globalization.

Marie Price is an Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University. A Latin American specialist, Marie has conducted research in Belize, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia. She has also traveled widely throughout natural resources use, environmental conservation, and regional development. In 2006 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., conducting research on immigration to the world’s major cities. Dr. Price brings to Globalization and Diversity a special interest in regions as dynamic spatial constructs that are shaped over time through both global and local forces. Her publications included articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geographical Review, Journal of Historical Geography, CLAG Yearbook, Studies in Comparative International Development, the Brookings Institution Survey Series, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Focus.

William Wyckoff is a geographer in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University specializing in the cultural and historical geography of North America. He has written and co-edited several books on North American settlement geography, including The Developer’s Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (1998), The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography (1995) (with Larry M. Dilsaver), Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape (2006). In 2003 he received Montana State’s Cox Family Fund for Excellence Faculty Award for Teaching and Scholarship. A World Regional Geography instructor for 26 years, Dr. Wyckoff emphasizes in the classroom the connections between the everyday lives of his students and the larger global geographies that surround them and increasingly shape their future.

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Table of Contents

Brief Contents

1 Diversity Amid Globalization

2 The Changing Global Environment

3 North America

4 Latin America

5 The Caribbean

6 Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Southwest Asia and North Africa

8 Europe

9 The Russian Domain

10 Central Asia

11 East Asia

12 South Asia

13 Southeast Asia

14 Australia and Oceania

Detailed Table of Contents

1 Diversity Amid Globalization

Diversity Amid Globalization: A Geography for the Twenty-first Century

Converging Currents of Globalization

Advocates and Critics of Globalization

Diversity in a Globalizing World

Geography Matters: Environments, Regions, Landscapes

Human–Environment Interaction

Areal Differentiation and Integration


Space into Place: The Cultural Landscape

Scales: Global to Local

Themes and Issues in World Regional Geography

Population and Settlement: People on the Land

Population Growth and Change

The Demographic Transition

Migration Patterns

Settlement Geography

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: The Geography of Tradition and Change

Culture in a Globalizing World

When Cultures Collide

Language and Culture in Global Context

A Geography of World Religions

Geopolitical Framework: Fragmentation and Unity

Global Terrorism


Centrifugal and Centripetal Forces

Boundaries and Frontiers

Colonialism and Decolonialization

International and Supranational Organizations

Economic and Social Development: The Geography of Wealth and Poverty

More- and Less-Developed Countries

Indicators of Economic Development

Indicators of Social Development

The Vision of Sustainable Development

Setting the Boundaries: The Metageography of World Regions

Geographic Tools: From Satellites to Shovels

Global to Local: Is This Nebraska or India? The Globalization of Back-Office Jobs

Cityscapes: Exploring the World’s Urban Places

2 The Changing Global Environment

Geology and Human Settlement: A Restless Earth

Plate Tectonics

Geologic Hazards: Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Global Climates: An Uncertain Forecast

Climatic Controls

World Climate Regions

Global Warming

Water on Earth: A Scarce and Polluted Resource

The Global Water Budget


Human Impacts on Plants and Animals: The Globalization of Nature

Biomes and Bioregions

Tropical Forests and Savannas

Deforestation in the Tropics

Deserts and Grasslands

Temperate Forests

Food Resources: Environment, Diversity, Globalization

Industrial and Traditional Agriculture

The Green Revolution

Problems and Projections

Global to Local: Globalization, Trade Agreements, and the Environment

Preserving Nature Through International Agreements: The Case of Antarctica

Geographical Tools: Reconstructing Past Environments to Understand Global Change

Local Voices: Via Campesina and Food Sovereignty

3 North America

Environmental Geography: A Threatened Land of Plenty

The Costs of Human Modification

The Price of Affluence

A Diverse Physical Setting

Patterns of Climate and Vegetation

Natural Processes and Natural Hazards

Population and Settlement: Refashioning a Continental Landscape

Modern Spatial and Demographic Patterns

Occupying the Land

North Americans on the Move

Settlement Geographies: The Decentralized Metropolis

Settlement Geographies: Rural North America

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: Shifting Patterns of Pluralism

The Roots of a Cultural Identity

Peopling North America

Culture and Place in North America

Patterns of North American Religion

The Globalization of American Culture

Geopolitical Framework: Patterns of Dominance and Division

Creating Political Space

Continental Neighbors

The Legacy of Federalism

A Global Reach

Economic and Social Development: Geographies of Abundance and Affluence

An Abundant Resource Base

Creating a Continental Economy

North America and the Global Economy

Persisting Social Issues

Setting the Boundaries

Local Voices: Romare Bearden and the Changing Black Experience

Geographic Tools: Housing Affordability and the U.S. Census

Cityscapes: Miami

Geography in the Making: The Growing Global Presence of the U.S. Military

Global to Local: The Pacific Northwest and the Global Economy

4 Latin America

Environmental Geography: Neotropical Diversity

Environmental Issues Facing Latin America

Western Mountains and Eastern Shields

River Basins and Lowlands


Population and Settlement: The Dominance of Cities

The Latin American City

Patterns of Rural Settlement

Population Growth and Movements

Patterns of Cultural Coherence and Diversity: Repopulating a Continent

Demographic Collapse

Patterns of Ethnicity and Culture

The Global Reach of Latino Culture

Geopolitical Framework:Redrawing the Map

Iberian Conquest and Territorial Division

Regional Organizations

Economic and Social Development: Dependent Economic Growth

Development Strategies

Primary Export Dependency

Latin America in the GlobalEconomy

Social Development

Setting the Boundaries

Local to Global: Can Eco-Friendly Coffee Promote Biodiversity?

Local Voices: Life in Rio de Janeiro’s “City of God”

Geographic Tools: Participatory Mapping

Geography in the Making: The Competing Geographies of Free Trade

Cityscapes: Life in the Streets of Ciudad Juárez

5 The Caribbean

Environmental Geography: Paradise Undone

Environmental Issues

The Sea, Islands, and Rimland

Climate and Vegetation

Population and Settlement: Densely Settled Islands and Rimland Frontiers

Demographic Trends

The Rural–Urban Continuum

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Neo-Africa in the Americas

The Cultural Imprint of Colonialism

Creating a Neo-Africa

Creolization and Caribbean Identity

Geopolitical Framework: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, and Independence

Life in the “American Backyard”

Independence and Integration

Economic and Social Development: From Cane Fields to Cruise Ships

From Fields to Factories and Resorts

Social Development

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Tracking Hurricanes

Cityscapes: In the Streets of Havana

Global to Local: The Caribbean Carnival Around the World

Geography in the Making: Maroons Under Assault

Local Voices: Fernando Mateo’s Shuttle to Santo Domingo

6 Sub-Saharan Africa

Environmental Geography: The Plateau Continent

Africa’s Environmental Issues

Plateaus and Basins

Climate and Vegetation

Population and Settlement: Young and Restless

Population Trends and Demographic Debates

Patterns of Settlement and Land Use

Urban Life

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: Unity Through Adversity

Language Patterns


Globalization and African Culture

Geopolitical Framework: Legacies of Colonialism and Conflict

Indigenous Kingdoms and European Encounters

European Colonization

Decolonization and Independence

Enduring Political Conflict

Economic and Social Development: The Struggle to Rebuild

Roots of African Poverty

Links to the World Economy

Economic Differentiation Within Africa

Measuring Social Development

Women and Development

Setting the Boundaries

Local Voices: The Sound of Africa

Geographic Tools: Mapping Risky Behavior to Fight HIV/AIDS

Cityscapes: Accra in the Global Economy

Geography in the Making: Darfur Undone

Global to Local: The Used Clothing Trade

7 Southwest Asia and North Africa

Environmental Geography: Life in a Fragile World

Legacies of a Vulnerable Landscape

Regional Landforms

Patterns of Climate

Population and Settlement: Changing Rural and Urban Worlds

The Geography of Population

Water and Life: Rural Settlement Patterns

Many-Layered Landscapes: The Urban Imprint

A Region on the Move

Shifting Demographic Patterns

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: Signatures of Complexity

Patterns of Religion

Geographies of Language

Regional Cultures in Global Context

Geopolitical Framework: Never-ending Tensions

The Colonial Legacy

Modern Geopolitical Issues

An Uncertain Political Future

Economic and Social Development: Lands of Wealth and Poverty

The Geography of Fossil Fuels

Regional Economic Patterns

Issues of Social Development

Global Economic Relationships

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Assessing Earthquake Hazards in Turkey

Cityscapes: Fez, Morocco

Local Voices: The Egypt of Naguib Mahfouz

Global to Local: The Marlboro Man Arrives in Istanbul

Geography in the Making: The New Israeli Security Barrier

8 Europe

Environmental Geography: Human Transformation of a Diverse Landscape

Environmental Issues, Local and Global, East and West

Landform and Landscape Regions

Europe’s Climates

Seas, Rivers, Ports, and Coastline

Settlement and Population: Slow Growth and Rapid Migration

Natural Growth: Beyond the Demographic Transition

Migration to and Within Europe

The Geography of “Fortress Europe”

The Landscapes of Urban Europe

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Mosaic of Differences

Geographies of Language

Geographies of Religion, Past and Present

European Culture in a Global Context

Geopolitical Framework: A Dynamic Map

Redrawing the Map of Europe Through War

A Divided Europe, East and West

The Balkans: Europe’s Geopolitical Nightmare 354

Economic and Social Development: Integration and Transition

Europe’s Industrial Revolution

Rebuilding Postwar Europe: Economic Integration in the West

Economic Integration, Disintegration, and Transition in Eastern Europe

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Landscape Restoration in England

Cityscapes: Berlin Reinvents Itself for the Twenty-first Century

Local Voices: Basque Separatism

Geography in the Making: Terrorism in Europe

Global to Local: Bananas, Beef, and U.S.–EU Trade Wars

9 The Russian Domain

Environmental Geography: A Vast and Challenging Land

A Devastated Environment

A Diverse Physical Setting

Population and Settlement: An Urban Domain

Population Distribution

Regional Migration Patterns

Inside the Russian City

The Demographic Crisis

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: The Legacy of Slavic Dominance

The Heritage of the Russian Empire

Geographies of Language

Geographies of Religion

Russian Culture in Global Context

Geopolitical Framework: Remnants of a Global Superpower

Geopolitical Structure of the Former Soviet Union

Current Geopolitical Setting

The Shifting Global Setting

Economic and Social Development: An Era of Ongoing Adjustment

The Legacy of the Soviet Economy

The Post-Soviet Economy

Growing Economic Globalization

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Mapping Russian Forests

Cityscapes: St. Petersburg

Local Voices: Exploring Russian Cultural Identity

Geography in the Making: The Growing Isolation of Russian Kaliningrad

Global to Local: The Tale of Two Siberias

10 Central Asia

Environmental Geography: Steppes, Deserts, and Threatened Lakes of the Eurasian Heartland

Destruction of the Aral Sea

Other Environmental Issues

Central Asia’s Physical Regions

Population and Settlement: Densely Settled Oases Amid Vacant Lands

Highland Population and Subsistence Patterns

Lowland Population and Subsistence Patterns

Population Issues

Urbanization in Central Asia

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Meeting Ground of Disparate Traditions

Historical Overview: An Indo-European Hearth?

Contemporary Linguistic and Ethnic Geography

Geography of Religion

Central Asian Culture in Traditional and Global Contexts

Geopolitical Framework: Political Reawakening in a Power Void

Partitioning of the Steppes

Central Asia Under Communist Rule 439

Current Geopolitical Tension

International Dimensions of Central Asian Tension

Economic and Social Development: Abundant Resources, Devastated Economies

Economic Development in Central Asia

Social Development in Central Asia

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Remote Sensing, GIS, and the Tragedy of the Aral Sea

Cityscapes: Life on the Streets of Samarkand

Global to Local: Louisiana Oil Culture in Central Asia

Geography in the Making: Preparing for Afghanistan’s Presidential Election

Local Voices: An Uzbek Militant Renounces Violence

11 East Asia

Environmental Geography: Resource Pressures in a Crowded Land

Flooding, Dam-Building, and Related Issues in China

Other East Asian Environmental Problems

East Asia’s Physical Geography

Population and Settlement: A Region of Crowded Basins

Japanese Settlement and Agricultural Patterns

Settlement and Agricultural Patterns in China, Taiwan, and Korea

East Asian Agriculture and Resource Procurement in Global Context

Urbanization in East Asia

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Confucian Realm?

Unifying Cultural Characteristics

Religious Unity and Diversity in East Asia

Linguistic and Ethnic Diversity in East Asia

East Asian Cultures in Global Context

The Geopolitical Framework and Its Evolution: The Imperial Legacies of China and Japan

The Evolution of China

The Rise of Japan

Postwar Geopolitics

The Global Dimension of East Asian Geopolitics

Economic and Social Development: An Emerging Core of the Global Economy

Japan’s Economy and Society

The Newly Industrialized Countries

Chinese Development

Social Conditions in China

Setting the Boundaries

Cityscapes: Life on the Streets of Tokyo

Global to Local: Golden Arches East

Geographic Tools: The East Asian Gazetteer and the Reconstruction of Historical Geography

Geography in the Making: The North Korea Crisis

Local Voices: China’s Rural Poor and the Lure of the City

12 South Asia

Environmental Geography: Diverse Landscapes, from Tropical Islands to Mountain Rim

The Film Star and the Poacher King

Environmental Issues of South Asia

The Four Subregions of South Asia

South Asia’s Monsoon Climates

Population and Settlement: The Demographic Dilemma

The Geography of Family Planning

Migration and the Settlement Landscape

Agricultural Regions and Activities

Urban South Asia

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Common Heritage Rent by Religious Rivalries

Origins of South Asian Civilizations

The Caste System

Contemporary Geographies of Religion

Geographies of Language

South Asians in a Global Cultural Context

Geopolitical Framework: A Deeply Divided Region

South Asia Before and After Independence in 1947

Ethnic Conflicts in South Asia

International and Global Geopolitics

Economy and Social Development: Burdened by Poverty

South Asian Poverty

Geographies of Economic Development

Globalization and India’s Economic Future

Social Development

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Survey Work on Contraceptive Use in West Bengal

Cityscapes: Life on the Streets of Mumbai (Bombay)

Local Voices: Appreciating and Resenting Globalization

Geography in the Making: War in Waziristan

Global to Local: Discreet Globalization in Channai

13 Southeast Asia

Environmental Geography: A Once-Forested Region

The Tragedy of the Karen

The Deforestation of Southeast Asia

Fires, Smoke, and Air Pollution

Patterns of Physical Geography

Population and Settlement: Subsistence, Migration, Cities

Settlement and Agriculture

Recent Demographic Change

Urban Settlement

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Meeting Ground of World Cultures

The Introduction and Spread of Major Cultural Traditions

Geography of Language and Ethnicity

Southeast Asian Culture in Global Context

Geopolitical Framework: War, Ethnic Strife, and Regional Cooperation

Before European Colonialism

The Colonial Era

The Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

Geopolitical Tension in Contemporary Southeast Asia

International Dimensions of Southeast Asian Geopolitics

Economic and Social Development: The Roller-Coaster Ride of Globalized Development

Economic Leaders and Laggards

Globalization and the Southeast Asian Economy

Issues of Social Development

Setting the Boundaries

Geographic Tools: Statistical Comparisons and the Assessment of Philippine Deforestation

Cityscapes: Metro Manila, Primate City of the Philippines

Local Voices: Linguistic Politics in East Timor

Geography in the Making: Political Upheavals in Burma (Myanmar)

Global to Local: Village Poverty and the Global Maid Business in Indonesia

14 Australia and Oceania

Environmental Geography: A Varied Natural and Human Habitat

Environments at Risk

Australian Environments

New Zealand’s Varied Landscape

The Oceanic Realm

Population and Settlement: A Diverse Cultural Landscape

Contemporary Population Patterns

Legacies of Human Occupancy

Modern Settlement Landscapes

Diverse Demographic Paths

Cultural Coherence and Diversity: A Global Crossroads

Multicultural Australia

Patterns in New Zealand

Mosaic of Pacific Cultures

Geopolitical Framework: A Land of Fluid Boundaries

Creating Geopolitical Space

Persisting Geopolitical Tensions

A Regional and Global Identity?

Economic and Social Development: A Hard Path to Paradise

Uncertain Avenues to Affluence

The Global Economic Setting

Enduring Social Challenges

Setting the Boundaries

Global to Local: Multinational Mining, Indigenous People, and Environment Damage in Papua New Guinea

Geographic Tools: Fire Ecology and Management in Australia

Cityscapes: Apia, Capital of Samoa

Local Voices: Tuvalu Talks About Global Warming

Geography in the Making: The Political Overtones of Australia–China Trade



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