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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

An excellent introductory text for accessible overviews of key concepts across human and physical geography

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright
Geography, Exeter University
December 13, 2010

Excellent basic text book for all students, and (to go alongside the 'dictionary of human geography') as a key 'turn-to' book when stuck on any reading.

Professor David Harvey
Department of Geography, Exeter University
September 20, 2010

I shall use this book in my modules Social Geographies and Geographies of Retailing and Consumption to discuss the main concepts.

Mrs Catherine White
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
September 7, 2010

We are currently redesigning our practical modules in Level 1 and Level 2. This book, allied with the key methods book, provides an appropriate focus for the course. Although I am not designing the course myself, I recommended these texts to the appropriate staff member (though I think they already had this in mind).

Dr Mark Smith
Institute of Geography & Earth Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
June 28, 2010

This book is an essential compulsory text at our master course "History and Philosophy of Geography"

Dr Britt Dale
Dept of Geography, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
November 12, 2009

Currently I refer students to an encyclopedia of human geography for many of the background concepts and themes informing the module. This work very usefully offers additional discussion of a few key notions of the course: geographical knowledge, space, time, place, scale, landscape, nature. As such it will be recommended as a key reference work. Expensive for a recommended purchase.

Dr Nick Baron
Dept of History, Nottingham University
September 28, 2009

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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