Scale and Geographic Inquiry: Nature, Society, and Method / Edition 1

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This book is the first contemporary book to compare and integrate the various ways geographers think about and use scale across the spectrum of the discipline and includes state-of-the-art contributions by authoritative human geographers, physical geographers and GIS specialists.

  • Provides a state of the art survey of how geographers think about scale.
  • Brings together recent interest in scale in human and physical geography, as well as geographic information science
  • Places competing concepts of scale side by side in order to compare them.
  • The introduction and conclusion, by the editors, explores the common ground.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…engages incisively with what consideration of scale can offer to a wide range of crucial social, physical, and cartographic issues – from environmental monitoring to urban development – and provides an essential starting point in terms of the uses and meanings of the concept." John Agnew, University of California Los Angeles

"This volume is both timely and welcome. As society faces a new world order that reflects the increasing tension and simultaneity between local and global forces, it is essential to lay the foundations toward a comprehensive ‘theory of scale’. This volume, through its integration and contemplation of disparate ideas drawn from the spectrum of geographical perspectives, is a crucial first step toward that grand agenda." Bernie Bauer, University of Southern California

"This is a fascinating covers an intimidating array of subjects but shows how one aspect - scale - can affect all of them in surprisingly similar ways. The depth and breadth of coverage makes the text an invaluable one." Dr Paul Ganderton, Teaching Ecology News.

"This book is important reading for all geographers based on its catholic content and because it provides a lens into our diverse discipline. Few edited collections contain such consistently strong chapters. Scale and Geographic Enquiry is recommended for all geographers, especially graduate students and their instructors." The Geographical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631230700
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Sheppard is Fesler-Lampert Professor in Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the co-author and editor of a number of books, including A Companion to Economic Geography (Blackwell, 2001) and Reading Economic Geography (Blackwell, 2003), and of over 80 scholarly articles. His current research interests include spatiality and political economy, environmental justice, critical GIS and interurban policy and activist networks.Robert B. McMaster is Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Planning in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. His areas of research include multiple scale databases and cartographic generalization, GIS and society, including environmental risk assessment and public participation GIS (PPGIS), and the history of US academic cartography. From 1990 to 1996, he served as editor of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and is currently a Vice President of the International Cartographic Association.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Contributors.


Introduction: Scale And Geographic Inquiry: Robert B. Mcmaster And Eric Sheppard (University Of Minnesota, University Of Minnesota).

1. Fractals And Scale In Environmental Assessment And Monitoring: Nina Siu-Ngan Lam (Louisiana State University).

2. Population And Environment Interactions: Spatial Considerations In Landscape Characterization And Modeling: Stephen J. Walsh, Kelley A. Crews-Meyer, Thomas W. Crawford, William F. Welsh (University Of North Carolina, University Of Texas, Gettysburg College, University Of North Carolina).

3 Crossing The Divide: Linking Global And Local Scales In Human-Environment Systems: William E. Easterling And Colin Polsky (Penn State University, Harvard University).

4. Independence, Contingency, And Scale Linkage In Physical Geography: Jonathan D. Phillips (University Of Kentucky).

5. Embedded Scales In Biogeography: Susy S. Ziegler, Gary M. Pereira, Dwight A. Brown (All At University Of Minnesota).

6. Scaled Geographies: Nature, Place, And The Contested Politics Of Scale: Erik Swyndegouw (University Of Oxford).

7. Scales Of Cybergeography: Michael F. Goodchild (University Of California).

8. A Long Way From Home: Domesticating The Social Production Of Scale: Sallie Marston (University Of Arizona).

9. Scale Bending And The Fate Of The National: Neil Smith (City University Of New York).

10. Is There A Europe Of Cities? Peter Taylor (Loughborough University).

11. The Politics Of Scale And Networks Of Spatial Connectivity: Transnational Interurban Networks And Rescaling Of Political Governance In Europe: Helga Leitner (University Of Minnesota).

12. Scale And Geographic Inquiry: Contrasts, Intersections, And Boundaries: Robert B. Mcmaster And Eric Sheppard (University Of Minnesota, University Of Minnesota).


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