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Encyclopedia of Human Geography

Encyclopedia of Human Geography

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May 2006 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Human geography in the last decade has undergone a conceptual and methodological renaissance that transformed it into one of the most dynamic and innovative of the social sciences. Long a borrower of ideas from other disciplines, geography has become a contributor in its own right, and a "spatial turn" is evident in disciplines as diverse as Sociology, Anthropology, and Literary Criticism.

With more than 300 entries written by an international team of leading authorities in the field, the Encyclopedia of Human Geography offers a comprehensive overview of the major ideas, concepts, terms, and approaches that characterize a notoriously diverse field. This multidisciplinary volume provides cross-cultural coverage of human geography as it is understood in the contemporary world and takes into account the enormous conceptual changes that have evolved since the 1970s, including a variety of social constructivist approaches. 

Key Features
  • Examines a range of themes characterizing different schools of thought and addresses long-standing topics, such as urban, economic, and medical geography, as well as contemporary topics, including feminism, the social dimensions of GIS, and the social construction of nature
  • Explores many of the dualities that long characterized social science—nature versus society, the individual versus the social, the historical versus the geographical, consumption versus production—and breaks them down using postmodern and poststructuralist approaches 
  • Illustrates how social and spatial structures draw upon people's daily lives, which in turn structures their actions
  • Looks at how globalization has manifested differently from place to place by discussing topics such as transnational capital, international trade, global commodity chains, global cities, international financial and telecommunications systems, and how the global economy is reshaping geopolitics and governance  
Key Themes
  • Cartography/Geographical Information Systems  
  • Economic Geography
  • Geographic Theory and History
  • Political Geography
  • Social/Cultural Geography
  • Urban Geography


"It can take the reader far into the discipline, helping the beginning student to gain a foothold and guiding the researcher toward the more technical literature of geography. General adult readers interested in the topic will also find much of value in this work, which would be most suited to an academic library's geography collection or a large public library with a strong interest in geography."

Sarah Watstein

"The Encyclopedia of Human Geography provides a scholarly and intellectually challenging overview of the topic, as well as specific explanations of the linkage between geography and social, economic, and political issues. Larger academic libraries that support classes in geography will want to add it to their list."

Against the Grain

"This work is very well indexed. It includes contemporary ideas, theories, and topics at the expense of older standards, such as central place theory. It would be a most desirable addition to collections supporting graduate programs."

D. Liestman
Viterbo University
Key features

This volume will consist of roughly 250 entries of varying lengths, averaging around 1,500 words, or 375,000 words in total. Entries would be organized alphabetically in traditional A-Z format.



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