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Oxford University Press, USA
Human Geography / Edition 6

Human Geography / Edition 6

by William Norton


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With a well-balanced mix of international and Canadian examples, the ninth edition of this bestselling text traces the evolution of the discipline across the globe, examining the ways in which human behaviour transforms the earth's surface in response to changing social, cultural, political, and environmental needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195425116
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William Norton, Senior Scholar, Department of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba,Michael Mercier, Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University

Table of Contents

Note: All chapters end with:
- Conclusion
- Summary
- Links to Other Chapters
- Questions for Critical Thought
- On the Web
Introduction: The Roads Ahead
Three Recurring Themes
Why "Human Geography"?
The Goal of Human Geography
About This Book
The Human Geographer at Work
1. What Is Human Geography?
Preclassical Geography
Classical Geography
The Fifth to Fifteenth Centuries: Geography in Europe, China, and the Islamic World
Geography Rethought
Institutionalization: 1874-1903
Human Geography Today: Recent Trends and Subdisciplines
2. Studying Human Geography
Philosophical Options
Human Geographic Concepts
Techniques of Analysis
3. Geographies of Globalization
Introducing Globalization
Geography as a Discipline in Distance
Overcoming Distance: Transportation
Overcoming Distance: Trade
Overcoming Distance: Transnationals
Overcoming Distance: Transmitting Information
Interpreting, Conceptualizing, and Measuring Globalization
The Global Economic System
Cultural Globalization
Political Globalization
Globalization: Good or Bad?
4. Humans and Environment
A Global Perspective
Environmental Ethics
Human Impacts on Vegetation
Human Impacts on Animals
Human Impacts on Land, Soil, Air, and Water
Human Impacts on Climate
Earth's Vital Signs
Sustainability and Sustainable Development
5. Population Geography
Natural Increase
Government Policies
The Composition of a Population
History of Population Growth
Explaining Population Growth
Distribution and Density
6. Global Inequalities
Explaining Global Inequalities
Identifying Global Inequalities
Feeding the World
Disasters and Diseases
Prospects for Economic Growth
Striving for Equality, Fairness, and Social Justice
7. Geographies of Culture and Landscape
A World Divided by Culture?
Formal Cultural Regions
Vernacular Cultural Regions
The Making of Cultural Landscapes
8. Geographies of Identity and Difference
The Cultural Turn
The Myth of Race
Identities and Landscapes
Geographies of Well-Being
Folk Culture and Popular Culture
9. Political Geography
State Creation
Introducing Geopolitics (and Geopolitik)
Unstable States
Grouping of States
Elections: Geography Matters
The Geography of Peace and War
Our Geopolitical Future?
10. Agricultural Geography
The Agricultural Location Problem
Distance, Land Value, and Land Use
Domesticating Plants and Animals
World Agriculture Today: Types and Regions
Global Agricultural Restructuring
Food Production, Food Consumption, and Identity
11. An Urban World
An Urbanizing World
The Origins and Growth of Cities
The Location of Cities
Urban Systems and Hierarchies
Global Cities
12. The City and Urban Form
Explaining Urban Form
Housing and Neighbourhoods
Suburbs and Sprawl
Inequality and Poverty
Cities as Centres of Production and Consumption
Transportation and Communication
Planning the City
Cities of the Less Developed World
13. Geographies of Energy and Industry
The Industrial Location Problem
The Industrial Revolution
Fossil Fuel Sources of Energy
World Industrial Geography
Globalization and Industrial Geographies
Uneven Development in More Developed Countries
Conclusion: Where Next?
Changing Human Geographies
A Changing Discipline
Being a Human Geographer: Where We Began
Appendix: Human Geography on the Web NEW
Online Appendices (taken from the 8/e):
Online Appendix 3: The Evolution of Life
Appendix 2: Global Physical Geography
Appendix 3: The Evolution of Life

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