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Key Concepts in Geography 2ed

by Nicholas Clifford, Sarah L Holloway, Stephen P Rice and Gill Valentine SAGE Publications Ltd
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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 best-selling, standard student resource.

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:
-short definition
-a summary of the principal arguments
-a substantive 5,000-word discussion
-use of real-life examples
-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.

The Nature of Geography
1. Histories of geography
2. Geography and the physical science tradition
3. Geography and the social science tradition
4. Geography and the humanities tradition
Key Concepts
5. Space: the fundamental stuff of geography
6. Space: making room for space in physical geography
7. Time: change and stability in environmental systems
8. Time: from hegemonic change to everyday life
9. Place: connections and boundaries in an interdependent world
10. Place: the management of sustainable physical environments
11. Scale: resolution, analysis and synthesis in physical geography
12. Scale: the local and the global
13. Social formations: thinking about society, identity, power and resistance
14. Physical systems: systems in physical geography
15. Landscape and Environment: the physical layer
16. Landscape and Environment: representing and interpreting the world
17. Nature: a contested concept
18. Nature: reclamation, rehabilitation and restoration
19. Globalisation: interconnected worlds
20. Globalisation: Earth system science -- physical diversity and global heterogeneity
21. Development: critical approaches in human geography
22. Development: the sustainability industry
23. Risk
24. Risk: geophysical processes in natural hazards
Conclusion: Practising Geography
25. Relevance: human geography, public policy and public geographies
26. Relevance: the application of physical geographical knowledge

Nicholas Clifford Nottingham University, UK
Sarah Holloway Loughborough University, UK
Stephen P Rice Loughborough University, UK
Gill Valentine University of Leeds