Summary: For introductory courses in Human or Cultural Geography found in Geography, Anthropology, or Social Science departments.
Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography includes the most recent information available providing professors with a tool to more effectively help their students understand the today's world. "In order to understand places, they must first be made meaningful to us." Paul Knox and Sallie Marston's exciting contemporary app ...show moreroach gives people and places meaning by covering compelling topics that integrate today's local, regional, and global perspectives. It provides not only a body of knowledge about places and regions, but also a deep understanding of the interdependence of places and regions in a globalizing world. Coverage throughout is intellectually empowering and capable of cultivating a life-long geographical imagination. The authors give students access to the latest ideas, concepts, and theories while concurrently developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals.
A Changing World--Takes a contemporary approach to human geography, reflecting many developing 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 emerging trend toward transnational political and economic organizations.
Fosters awareness of current issues from a geographic perspective.
A Focus on Fundamentals--Provides access not only to the new ideas, concepts, and theories that address the changes mentioned above but also to the fundamentals of human geography: the principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks, and basic knowledge.
Develops a lifelong geographical imagination.
A Global Framework--Promotes an easier 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). Facilitates meaningful comparisons between people and places in different parts of the world, such as how the core-generated industrialization of agriculture shapes gender relations in households, both in the core and in the periphery. Presents the salient aspects of new emphases in academic human geography (e.g., the new geopolitics and its role in the social construction of spaces and places).
Discussions are organized according to how globalization frames the social and cultural construction of particular places at various scales.
A Thematic Structure--Several important themes are woven into every chapter:
Interdependence of people and places, especially the interactive relationships between the core and the periphery.
Social and cultural differences that are embedded in human geographies, especially the differences that relate to race, ethnicity, gender, age, and class.
The relationship between global processes and their local manifestations.
The continuing transformation of the political economy of the world system and nations, regions, cities and localities.
Superior Cartography--Offers a rich, diverse, and updated cartographic program with hundreds of maps that help professors better teach their students the important spatial elements inherent to human geography. The cartography program features hundreds of maps that display meticulous attention to detail. In addition, the cartography program features several other important elements:
Innovative Use of Projections: The text makes use of many innovative projections that highlight important aspects of human geography. In particular, the authors employ both the Dymaxion and Bartholomew's Nordic projections to highlight global relationships from new perspectives.
Compound Figures: The book features many compound figures that combine maps with photographs and line drawings. These capture student interest, while helping them integrate spatial, visual, and conceptual information.
Everyday-Life and mental maps: These maps feature people's perceptions of their surroundings, and highlight maps as useful tools for conducting everyday life.
NEW--New topics--The topical selection for the text has been expanded. New topics include principles of economic location, regional analysis, landscape, globalization and the environment, sustainability, patterns of international debt, problems and prospects in the global food system, the new world order, and the globalization debates.
Provides an expanded treatment of both modern and foundational topics needed to build an understanding of human geography.
NEW--Expanded Topics--In addition to adding many new topics, many existing topics have been expanded. These include our coverage of scale, globalization, HIV/AIDS, transnational migrants, world music, globalization and cultural change, energy, global assembly line, globalization of tourism, terrorism, and international criminal courts.
NEW--Window on the World--Illustrates key concepts and phenomena with specific real-world examples, e.g., Diffusion of AIDS; Hurricane Mitch in Honduras; Slow Cities; From Cold War to the New World Order; Boomburbs.
Geography Matters boxes--Features extended illustrations that show how and why a geographic perspective is important.
Provides depth and dimension to geographic phenomena.
Visualizing Geography boxes--Treat key geographic concepts using descriptive text maps and photographs.
Illustrates the importance of visual landscapes to understanding the impact of globalization on people and places.
Helps bring subject matter to life.
NEW--More key terms defined.
Ensures that students develop fluency in the jargon necessary to read and to communicate effectively about the subject. ...show less