With more than 1,200 entries, "the Encyclopedia of Geography" reflects how the growth of geography has propelled a demand for intermediaries between the abstract language of academia and the ordinary language of everyday life. The six volumes of this encyclopedia encapsulate a very diverse array of topics to offer a comprehensive and useful summary of the state of the discipline in the early 21st century. This encyclopedia strategically reflects the enormous diversity of the discipline, the multiple meanings of space itself, and the diverse views of geographers. It brings together the diversity of geographical knowledges, making it an invaluable resource for any academic library.
The encyclopedia divides the subject into six broad subject areas: Physical Geography/Biogeography/Climatology/Geomorphology; Human Geography/Economic Geography/Geographical Theory/Medical Geography/Political Geography/Social and Cultural Geography/Urban Geography; Nature and Society/Agriculture/Environment and People/Hazards and Disasters/Pollution and Waste/Resources and Conservation/Water; Methods, Models and GIS/Cartography/GIS/Qualitative Techniques/Quantitative Models/Remote Sensing; History of Geography; and, People, Organizations and Movements/Biographies/Geographical Organizations/Political and Economic Organizations/Scientific Organizations/Social Movements. The Encyclopedia gives a concise historical sketch of geography's long, rich, and fascinating history. It provides succinct summaries of trends such as globalization, environmental destruction, new geospatial technologies, and cyberspace. Hundreds of colour illustrations and images are provided that lend depth and realism to the text. A special map section is included. It will be available both in print and online.
I am a human geographer with exceptionally wide-ranging interests. Over the years, in different professional capacities, I have had the opportunity to study a diverse plethora of topics in economic, political, and social geography. Running throughout this panoply is my interest in political economy as it pertains to the construction of space and place. I have consciously sought to position myself within the discipline at the intersections of traditional economic geography and contemporary social theory. I have found keeping a leg in each camp to be rewarding and fruitful. In this vein, my work straddles traditional quantitative, empirical approaches on the one hand and contemporary, qualitative, theoretical perspectives on the other.
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