Explorations In The Understanding Of Landscape

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An innovative contribution to the literature of cultural geography, this book explores the evolution of landscape--both material and symbolic--from the standpoint of the populations, cultures, and human decision-making processes that shape and give it meaning. Focusing on evolution, behavior, symbolism, and ecology, Norton offers a critique of the literature of cultural and social geography and articulates a framework of central issues that connect a wide range of theoretical approaches.

In the first four chapters, Norton gives detailed consideration to both traditional and contemporary literature and methodologies and to the links between cultural geography and other social science concepts and analytical methods. The remaining chapters are concerned with the causes and consequences of cultural landscape evolution and the variables affecting it, including language, religion, politics, society, economy, and the physical environment. In addressing these areas of cultural geography, Norton promotes an approach that integrates the contributions of geography with those of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and history. His analysis provides a useful synthesis of the conceptual and empirical content of cultural geography and suggests promising new directions for research in the field. Norton's work will prove a valuable classroom and library resource for students and scholars in cultural and social geography and related areas of sociology and anthropology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313264948
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/1989
  • Series: Contributions in Sociology Series, #77
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM NORTON is Professor of Geography and Department Head, the University of Manitoba.

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Table of Contents


Views of Humans and Nature: Related Disciplines

Development of Cultural Geography

Contemporary Cultural Geography

Understanding Landscape: Behavioral Approaches

Understanding Landscape: Evolutionary Emphases

Understanding Landscape: Symbolism and Social Processes

Understanding Landscape: Ecological Emphases

Retrospect and Prospect



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