Geography and Technology / Edition 1

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This volume celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Association of American Geographers. It recognizes the importance of technologies in the production of geographical knowledge. The original chapters presented here examine technologies that have affected geography as a discipline. Among the technologies discussed are cartography, the camera, aerial photography, computers, and other computer-related tools. The contributors address the impact of such technologies on geography and society, disciplinary inquiries into the social/technological interfaces, high-tech as well low-tech societies, and applications of technologies to the public and private sectors. Geography and Technology can be used as a textbook in geography courses and seminars investigating specific technologies and the impacts of technologies on society and policy. It will also be useful for those in the humanities, social, policy and engineering sciences, planning and development fields where technology questions are becoming of increased importance. Geography clearly has much to learn from other disciplines and fields about geography/technology linkages; others can likewise learn much from us.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Just as new technologies have profoundly affected both research possibilities and the knowledge base of other disciplines, such as biology, physics, or medicine, so too are the revolutionary new geographic technologies developed during the past decades extending frontiers in geographic research, education, and applications."
(Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers)
"Geography and technology are not just related; each fundamentally defines the other. How we understand and use the earth is conditioned by technology, even as technology itself has developed as part of the effort to remake places and alter the meaning of geographical distance. In light of the scope of technological change in today's world, this book's focus on the geography-technology nexus is vital. It represents a research agenda of signal importance as the twenty-first century opens."
(Alexander B. Murphy, President, Association of American Geographers)
"Geographical questions about nature-society relations, climate change, processes of economic and political globalization, the shifting grounds of health, conflict and democratization across the globe, all entail critical analysis of technological change. This book reflects on the ways in which geographical and technological processes are mutually produced, as part of a vital research agenda for the coming century."
(Victoria A. Lawson, Vice President, Association of American Geographers)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402018718
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 649
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Foreword by Douglas Richardson.- Preface and Acknowledgements.- Contributing Authors.- Color Plates.- Part I – Geography and Technology Interfaces.- 1. Geography and Technology.- 2. Communications Technology and the Production of Geographical Knowledge.- 3. Federal Funding, Geographic Research, and Geographic Technologies: 1904-2004.- Part II – Technologies that Changed Geography.- 4. The Imbrication of Geography and Technology.- 5. Computers and Geography.- 6. Remote Sensing of Selected Biophysical Variables and Urban/Suburban Phenomena.- 7. New Digital Geographies.- Part III – New Geographies with New Technologies.- 8. From Globes to GIS.- 9. Fieldwork in Nonwestern Contexts.- 10. The Camera and Geographical Inquiry.- 11. Film Networks and the Place(s) of Technology.- 12. Motor Vehicles on the American Landscape.- 13. Airspaces.- 14. A World on Demand.- 15. Democracy and Technology.- 16. Technologies Applied to Public Health.- 17. 'Real' Bodies, 'Real' Technologies.- 18. Geotechnology, the U.S. Military, and War.- Part IV – The Environment and Technology.- 19. Earth Pulses in direct Current.- 20. The Impact of Technology Upon In Situ Atmospheric Observations and Climate Science.- 21. Population-Environment Interactions with an Emphasis on Land-Use/Land-Cover Dynamics and Role of Technology.- 22. Capacity Building and Geographic Information Technologies in African Development.- 23. Natural Hazards and Technology.- Part V – The Worlds before us.- 24. The GIS Revolution in Science and Society.- 25. Why Technology?.- Index.

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