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An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography. Local Dynamics and Global Processes

  • ID: 2245963
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The myriad ways that humans interact with their surroundings in the natural world has consequences that are both positive and negative. An Introduction to Human–Environment Geography offers an engaging and unique view of the spatial relationships between humans and their environment across geographical locations around the world.

This introductory level text presents the rich tapestry of theoretical approaches to the tradition and demonstrates how these may be productively applied to understand human–environment interactions. Introducing many of the fundamental concepts and major theoretical traditions within human–environment geography, the book explores various thematic issues within the field such as population, food and agriculture, and water resources. It carefully balances exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of human–environment geography with the inclusion of a variety of real–world policy questions and illustrative field–notes contributed by prominent nature–society geographers. An engaging and student–friendly introduction, it offers rich and rewarding insights into a tradition of growing importance in the twenty–first century world.

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Notes on the Authors ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Part I: Fundamentals of Human Environment

Geography 1

1 Introduction: A Geographic Perspective on Human Environment Interactions 3

2 The Politics of Nature 31

3 The Biophysical Environment 47

Part II: Contemporary Perspectives in Human Environment Geography 87

4 Cultural and Political Ecology: Local Human Environment Interactions in a Global Context 89

5 Environmental History 111

6 Hazards Geography and Human Vulnerability 137

7 Environmental Justice: The Uneven Distribution of People, Pollution, and Environmental Opportunity 157

Part III: Thematic Issues in Human Environment Geography 189

8 Climate, Atmosphere, and Energy 191

9 The Population Consumption Technology Nexus 227

10 Agriculture and Food Systems 255

11 Biodiversity, Conservation, and Protected Areas 285

12 Water Resources and Fishing Livelihoods 309

Part IV: Bridging Theory and Practice 341

13 Geographic Research 343

14 Conclusion: Making a Difference 375

Index 389

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This is a great textbook, which introduces students to fundamental concepts in environmental geography and science. . . It is warmly recommended to bachelor students in human ecology and to master degree students in environmental sciences and geography.   (International Journal Environment  & Pollution, 1 October 2014)

Contributes a much–needed geographic perspective to the burgeoning, interdiscplinary field of environmental studies...Where many environmental science texts operate from the assumption that nature is a place without humans, this book demonstrates that even forests and soils have a human history...Wellsuited to beginning undergraduates. Chapters contain clear learning objectives, summaries, and end–of–chapter questions. Scientific and social scientific concepts are explained with a minimum of technical terminology. Geography students will find it provides a solid foundation for future studies in human–environment interactions...fills an important niche by adding a distinctly geographical voice to the environmental studies conversation.   (Journal of Geography, September 2014)

As a primer on the sort of ideas that should be considered, this is a useful addition.   (Ecogeog, 1 May 2014)

"Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower–division undergraduate and graduate readers."  (Choice, 1 May 2014)

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