Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context / Edition 5

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Overview

Knox/Marston’s contemporary approach fosters awareness of current issues and developing trends from a geographic perspective. The authors give meaning to people and places by integrating compelling local, regional, and global viewpoints. By giving readers access to the latest ideas, concepts, and theories – with a strong foundation in the fundamentals – this book not only builds knowledge about places and regions, but fosters a deeper understanding of the interdependence of places and regions in a globalizing world. A global framework promotes a stronger connection between topical and regional material by emphasizing how their processes are linked (e.g., technological innovation and the varying ways technology is adopted and modified by people and places). The book's changing world perspective reflects many trends in the discipline such as the globalization of industry, the upwelling of ethnic regionalisms on the heels of decolonization and new state formation, and the trend toward transnational political and economic organizations.
Geography Matters; The Changing Global Context; Geographies of Population; Nature and Society; Cultural Geographies; Interpreting Places and Landscapes; The Geography of Economic Development; Agriculture and Food Production; The Politics of Territory and Space; Urbanization; City Spaces: Urban Structure; Future Geographies.
A useful reference for anyone who wants to learn more about human geography.
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Introduces the study of human geography by exploring the creation and interdependence of places and regions in a seemingly increasingly connected world. The first two chapters present a conceptual framework which the following eight chapters explore in detail, covering human populations, the relationship between people and technology, cultural geography, the impact of cultural processes on the landscape, economic development, agriculture, political geography, urbanization, and city structure. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Sallie A. Marston received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona since 1986. Her teaching focuses on the historical, social, and cultural aspects of U.S. political geography, with particular emphasis on race, class, gender, and ethnicity issues. She received the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 1989. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. In 1994/1995 she served as interim directof of Women's Studies and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women. She is currently a professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona.

Paul L. Knox received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Sheffield, England. After teaching in the United Kingdom for several years, he moved to the United States to take a position as professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech. His teaching centers on urban and regional development, with an emphasis on comparative study. He has written several books on aspects of economic geography, social geography, and urbanization. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and is co-editor on a series of books on world cities. In 1996 he was appointed to the position of University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow for International Advancement and International Director of the Metropolitan Institute.

Diana M. Liverman received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and also studied at the University of Toronto, Canada, and University College London, England. Born in Accra, Ghana, she is currently the director of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, where she also holds Oxford University's first established Chair of Environmental Science in the School of Geography. Prior to this, she taught geography at the University of Arizona, Penn State, and the University of Wisconsin. Her teaching focuses on global environmental issues and on Latin America. She has served on several national and international advisory committees dealing with environmental issues and climate change and has written recent journal articles and book chapters on such topics as natural disasters, climate change, and environmental policy.

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Table of Contents

1. Geography Matters.

2. The Changing Global Context.

3. Geographies of Population.

4. Nature and Society.

5. Cultural Geographies.

6. Interpreting Places and Landscapes.

7. The Geography of Economic Development.

8. Agriculture and Food Production.

9. The Politics of Territory and Space.

10. Urbanization.

11. City Spaces: Urban Structure.

12. Future Geographies.

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