The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography / Edition 1

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This volume provides an up-to-date, authoritative synthesis of the discipline of human geography. Unparalleled in scope, the companion offers an indispensable overview to the field, representing both historical and contemporary perspectives.

  • Edited and written by the world's leading authorities in the discipline
  • Divided into three major sections: Foundations (the history of human geography from Ancient Greece to the late nineteenth century); The Classics (the roots of modern human geography); Contemporary Approaches (current issues and themes in human geography)
  • Each contemporary issue is examined by two contributors offering distinctive perspectives on the same theme
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“There is a small set of materials that I consider essential reading for all my graduate students who call themselves human geographers; this collection has now become one of them.”  (The AAG Review of Books, 10  January 2014)

"Social Geography succeeds in providing useful and accessible supplementary reading for those interested in social geography." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

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Meet the Author

John A. Agnew is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at a number of universities including Syracuse University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Siena. He has authored or co-authored numerous books including Berlusconi's Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics (2008) and Globalization and Sovereignty (2009). He was co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Political Geography (2003). 

James S. Duncan is an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has written extensively on Culture Theory and landscape interpretation in contemporary America and nineteenth century Sri Lanka. Recent publications include Landscapes of Privilege: The Politics of the Aesthetic in an American Suburb (2004, with Nancy Duncan) and In the Shadows of the Tropics: Climate, Race and Biopower in Nineteenth Century Ceylon (2007).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction (John A. Agnew and James S. Duncan).

Part I Foundations.

2 Where Geography Came From (Peter Burke for David Lowenthal).

3 Cosmographers, Explorers, Cartographers, Chorographers: Defi ning, Inscribing and Practicing Early Modern Geography, c.1450–1850 (Robert J. Mayhew).

4 Colonizing, Settling and the Origins of Academic Geography (Daniel Clayton).

Part II The Classics.

5 German Precursors and French Challengers (Vincent Berdoulay).

6 Creating Human Geography in the English-Speaking World (Ron Johnston).

7 Landscape Versus Region – Part I (Nicolas Howe).

8 Landscape Versus Region – Part II (Kent Mathewson).

9 From Region to Space – Part I (Trevor J. Barnes).

10 From Region to Space – Part II (Anssi Paasi).

Part III Contemporary Approaches.

11 Nature – Part I (Noel Castree).

12 Nature – Part II (Jamie Lorimer).

13 Landscape – Part I (Don Mitchell and Carrie Breitbach).

14 Landscape – Part II (Mitch Rose and John W. Wylie).

15 Place – Part I (Tim Cresswell).

16 Place – Part II (Steven Hoelscher).

17 Territory – Part I (Stuart Elden).

18 Territory – Part II (Jacques Lévy).

19 Globalization – Part I (Richard Florida).

20 Globalization – Part II (Emily Gilbert).

21 World Cities – Part I (Carolyn Cartier).

22 World Cities – Part II (Paul L. Knox).

23 Governance – Part I (Wendy Larner).

24 Governance – Part II (Stephen Legg).

25 Mobility – Part I (David Ley).

26 Mobility – Part II (George Revill).

27 Scale and Networks – Part I (Andrew E.G. Jonas).

28 Scales and Networks – Part II (John Paul Jones III, Sallie A. Marston, and Keith Woodward).

29 Class – Part I (Andrew Herod).

30 Class – Part II (Clive Barnett).

31 Race – Part I (Kay Anderson).

32 Race – Part II (Arun Saldanha).

33 Sexuality – Part I (Natalie Oswin).

34 Sexuality – Part II (Mary E. Thomas).

35 Gender – Part I (Michael Landzelius0.

36 Gender – Part II (Joanne P. Sharp).

37 Geopolitics – Part I (Phil Kelly).

38 Geopolitics – Part II (Merje Kuus).

39 Segregation – Part I (Larry S. Bourne and R. Alan Walks).

40 Segregation – Part II (Steve Herbert).

41 Development – Part I (Glyn Williams).

42 Development – Part II (Wendy Wolford).


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