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Key Concepts in Geography

Key Concepts in Geography

Second Edition
Edited by:

January 2009 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 bestselling, standard student resource.

The Second Edition of 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; especially relevant now that environment is so critical to our understanding of geography.

Four introductory chapters, on different intellectual traditions in geography, situate, and introduce the entries on the key concepts. Each entry comprises a short definition, a summary of the principal arguments, a substantive 5,000-word discussion, 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 key geographical concepts. Each discussion provides references to, and summaries of, the key literature; as well as an examination of the history and use of each concept, illustrated with everyday examples. Key Concepts in Geography is a comprehensive overview of the all the core concepts that undergraduates of geography must understand to complete their degree.

Mike Heffernan
Histories of Geography
Keith Richards
Geography and the Physical Science Tradition
Ron Johnston
Geography and the Social Science Tradition
Alison Blunt
Geography and the Humanities Tradition
Nigel Thrift
Space: The Fundamental Stuff of Geography
Martin Kent
Space: Making Room for Space in Physical Geography
John Thornes
Time: Change and Stability in Environmental Systems
Peter Taylor
Time: From Hegemonic Change to Everyday Life
Noel Castree
Place: Connections and Boundaries in an Interdependent World
Ken Gregory
Place: The Management of Sustainable Physical Environments
Tim Burt
Scale: Resolution, Analysis and Synthesis in Physical Geography
Andy Herod
Scale: The Local and the Global
Cindi Katz
Social Formations: Thinking about Society, Identity, Power and Resistance
Stephan Harrison
Physical Systems: Systems in Physical Geography
Murray Gray
Landscape and Environment: The Physical Layer
Karen Morin
Landscape and Environment: Representing and Interpreting the World
Franklin Ginn and David Demeritt
Nature: A Contested Concept
Roy Haines-Young
Nature: Reclamation, Rehabilitation and Restoration
James Faulconbridge & Jonathan Beaverstock
Globalisation: Interconnected Worlds
Nick Clifford
Globalisation: Earth System Science - Physical Diversity and Global Heterogeneity
Kate Willis
Development: Critical Approaches in Human Geography
Robert Inkpen
Development: The Sustainability Industry
Shaun French
Graham Tobin & Burrell Montz
Risk: Geophysical Processes in Natural Hazards
Conclusion: Practising Geography
David Bell
Relevance: Human Geography, Public Policy and Public Geographies
Mike Church
Relevance: The Application of Physical Geographical Knowledge

This text covered both physical and human geography concepts and was a perfect text for our capstone course for graduating Geography seniors

Dr Victoria Randlett
Geography Dept, University Of Nevada-Reno
June 21, 2016

I found this book very useful and have integrated it in my teaching in BA introduction to Social geography

Miss Mathilde Christensen
Environmental, Social & Spatial Change, University of Roskilde
May 1, 2015

This title has been fundamental in shaping the new teaching format of my module. The concepts are easy for students to follow and the split format of discussing both human and physical principles allows students to generate a more holistic understanding of geographical thought. The inclusion of the practising chapters has been particularly useful in providing my students with an introduction into the more practical application of geography which they have enjoyed immensely.

Dr Mark Holton
School of Geography, University of Plymouth
April 20, 2015

"The key concepts" provides a comprehensive understanding of the building blocks of geography by examining its main "keywords". It is a unique textbook for every level of geography students and professionals.

Dr Erdem Bekaroglu
Geography, Ankara University
December 11, 2014

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
Environment & Natural Resources, Bangor University
October 10, 2013

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
Dept Environ'l & Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
June 14, 2013

Good all round text which will support a variety of resarch projects, of a geographical nature or content.

Mr Owen Lewis
Swansea Business School, Swansea Metropolitan University
May 2, 2013

A goof reference book for researcher in Geography, that can be valuable even at Masters and doctoral level.

Mr Ritienne Gauci
Department of Geography, University of Malta
April 9, 2013

An excellent complimentary volume to the Key Methods book which concisely outlines geographical concepts, with relevance to physical and human geographers.

Mr Ian Harris
School of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University
November 6, 2012

My class has been switched. Thus I may adopt it at a later date when the class is adopted but I will be teaching a different class in the fall.

Professor Ann Laudati
Environment and Society, Utah State University
May 25, 2011

A fully revised and updated Second Edition, including new chapters on Nature (Chapters 17 and 18), Globalization (19 and 20), Development (21 and 22), and Risk (23 and 24), as well as a new section on Practicing Geography (25 and 26).

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