Key Concepts in Geography

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Nicholas Clifford, Sarah Holloway, Stephen P Rice, Gill Valentine
SAGE Publications Ltd, Dec 12, 2008 - Science - 480 pages
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"This book clearly outlines key concepts that all geographers should readily be able to explain. It does so in a highly accessible way. It is likely to be a text that my students will return to throughout their degree."
- Dr Karen Parkhill, Bangor University

"The editors have done a fantastic job. This second edition is really accessible to the student and provides the key literature in the key geographical terms of scale, space, time, place and landscape."
- Dr Elias Symeonakis, Manchester Metropolitan University

"An excellent introductory text for accessible overviews of key concepts across human and physical geography."
- Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Exeter University

Including ten new chapters on nature, globalization, development and risk, and a new section on practicing geography, this is a completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling, standard student resource.

Key Concepts in Geography explains the key terms - space, time, place, scale, landscape - that define the language of geography. It is unique in the reference literature as it provides in one volume concepts from both human geography and physical geography.

Four introductory chapters on different intellectual traditions in geography situate and introduce the entries on the key concepts. Each entry then comprises a short definition, a summary of the principal arguments, a substantive 5,000-word discussion, the use of real-life examples, and annotated notes for further reading.

Written in an accessible way by established figures in the discipline, the definitions provide thorough explanations of all the core concepts that undergraduates of geography must understand to complete their degree.

 

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Contents

1 Histories of Geography
3
2 Geography and the Physical Sciences Tradition
21
3 Geography and the Social Science Tradition
46
4 Geography and the Humanities Tradition
66
KEY CONCEPTS
83
The Fundamental Stuff of Geography
85
Making Room for Space in Physical Geography
97
Change and Stability in Environmental Systems
119
The Physical Layer
265
Representing and Interpreting the World
286
A Contested Concept
300
An Environmental Perspective
312
Interconnected Worlds
331
Science Physical Geography and Environment
344
Sustainability and Physical Geography
378
Mastering Time and Space
392

From Hegemonic Change to Everyday Life
140
Connections and Boundaries in an Interdependent World
153
The Management of Sustainable Physical Environments
173
Resolution Analysis and Synthesis in Physical Geography
199
The Local and the Global
217
Thinking about Society Identity Power and Resistance
236
Philosophy and Applications in Physical Geography
251
Geophysical Processes in Natural Hazards
405
PRACTISING GEOGRAPHY
425
Human Geography Public Policy and Public Geographies
427
The Application of Physical Geographical Knowledge
438
Index
458
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Nick Clifford is Professor and Head of Department at King’s College London.

Professor Valentine has held prestigious international visiting fellowships at the Universities of Sydney, Australia and Otago, New Zealand and has visited and given keynote addresses at a range of prestigious international conferences. She was co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social and Cultural Geography, and co-edited Gender, Place and Culture. She has undertaken international research in Europe, Africa and the USA and is committed to developing the University of Sheffield's international strategy within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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