Summary: This authoritative text portrays the cultural geography of the world today. Organized according to a unique thematic framework, it encourages students to consider a wide range of topics and view them from five different perspectives.
The five themes of The Human Mosaic--culture region, cultural diffusion, cultural ecology, cultural interaction, and cultural landscape--are introduced and explained in the first chapter and serve as the ...show moreframework for the topical chapters that follow. Each theme is applied to a variety of geographical topics: demography, agriculture, the city, religion, language, ethnicity, politics, industry, folk and popular culture. Through this thematic organization, students are able to relate to the most important aspects of cultural geography at every point in the text. Features :
This entirely new chapter is devoted to examining globalization and its impact on cultures around the world. The authors question current assumptions about globalization and in the process uncover many of the pros and cons associated with this international force. In addition, coverage of globalization has been incorporated in every chapter.
In the Ninth Edition, the authors have reordered chapters to create a more logical flow of topics. The new organization makes the concepts and connections between chapters more relevant to the chapters that succeed them:
NEW! Chapter 2, Parallel Worlds: Two Types of Culture (formerly chapters 7 and 8). By combining coverage of folk and popular cultures and covering the material early, the book introduces students to important geographic concepts they will apply throughout the remaining chapters.
Chapter 3, The Geography of Religion: Spaces and Places of Faith (formerly chapter 6) has been moved up to highlight current events involving religious conflict and to prepare students for subsequent chapters on ethnicity and politics.
Chapter 5, Ethnic Geography: Homelands and Ghettos (formerly chapter 9) now follows the chapters on religion and language (now chapter 4), two topics that form much of the bases for understanding ethnicity.
Chapter 6, Political Geography: A Divided World (formerly chapter 4) now follows coverage of religion, language, and ethnicity, so students will be familiar with these essential contexts before encountering the complexities of geopolitics.
Chapter 7, Geodemography: Peopling the Earth (formerly chapter 2) now leads into Chapter 8, Agricultural Geography: Food from the Good Earth (formerly chapter 3), and Chapter 9, Industries: A Faustian Bargain (formerly chapter 12). This prepares students to confront issues such as feeding the world's population and how people from different cultures sustain their livelihoods in the context of demographic concepts.
NEW! Chapter 12, One World or Many? The Cultural Geography of the Future, with its focus on globalization, provides a fitting and provocative capstone for the text.
See the annotated table of contents below for more details about updated coverage in the new edition.
Revised Map Program
To accommodate the changes of a world in flux, the authoritative map program retains its characteristic elegance and clarity while conferring the latest geographic information.
Recommended Readings and Relevant Journals lists
Each chapter concludes with an annotated lists of 10 carefully selected recommended books, offering students the opportunity to explore in more depth topics that are of interest to them. Some chapters also include a annotated list of relevant journals.