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The Dictionary of Human Geography, 5th Edition

Derek Gregory (Editor), Ron Johnston (Editor), Geraldine Pratt (Editor), Michael Watts (Editor), Sarah Whatmore (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3287-9
1072 pages
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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With clear, critical, and constructive surveys of key terms by leading researchers in the field, The Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition, remains the definitive guide to the concepts and debates in human geography.
  • Comprehensively revised new edition of a highly successful text with over 300 key terms appearing for the first time

  • Situates Human Geography within the humanities, social sciences and sciences as a whole

  • Written by leading experts in the field

  • Major entries not only describe the development of concepts, contributions and debates in Human Geography but also advance them

  • Features a new consolidated bibliography along with a detailed index and systematic cross-referencing of headwords

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Preface to the Fifth Edition.

How to Use this Dictionary.

Acknowledgements.

List of Contributors.

The Dictionary.

Index

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Derek Gregory is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Ron Johnston is Professor of Geography at the University of Bristol.

Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Michael J. Watts is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah Whatmore is Professor of Environment and Public Policy at the University of Oxford.

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Comprehensively revised to reflect the changing nature and practice of human geography and its rapidly developing connections with other fields.
  • Entries from many new contributors at the forefront of developments in the field
  • Addresses human geography's relation to the discipline at large (geography, physical geography, and biogeography) and the dialogue between human geography and the humanities and social sciences (international relations, literature, philosophy, social theory) 
  • Traces the conceptual and cultural formation of major world regions: Africa; Americas; Asia; Australasia; Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; and the Global South
  • Expands the coverage of vital geo-political and geo-economic issues including American Empire, Asylum, Ethnic Cleansing, Cold War, Genocide, Human Rights, International Monetary Fund, Just War, Narco-Capitalism, Terrorism, Petro-Capitalism, Urbicide, War, World Social Forum
  • Strengthens human geography's involvement in ecological and environmental issues , including biodiversity, bio security, climate, global warming, sustainability, tropicality, urban nature, and water
  • Incorporates the latest theoretical developments across the field of the humanities and social sciences: affect; complexity theory; non-representational theory; post humanism; and spaces of exception
  • review the latest methodological developments (digital cartography, geographical information science, methodology, software for quantitative and qualitative analysis, visual methods)

For the first time, a consolidated bibliography is included at the end of the Dictionary rather than scattered across individual entries - an invaluable resource in its own right for anyone conducting  a bibliographic search - and this, together with the detailed index and the systematic cross-referencing of headwords, provides a crucial second architecture for the primary, alphabetical ordering of the Dictionary.

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  • Comprehensively revised new edition of a highly successful text providing a guide to issues and ideas, methods and theories in human geography
  • Situates human geography within the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as a whole
  • Reflects the changing nature and practice of human geography and its rapidly developing connections with other fields
  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Major entries not only describe the development of concepts, contributions, and debates in human geography but also advance them
  • A consolidated Bibliography provides convenient access to key works by major figures in the field
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"This consolidated bibliography is new to this edition; it saves space by avoiding repetition of titles and also provides a useful resource in its own right". (Reference Reviews, 2010)

Reviews of Previous Editions:

"The definitions are of a particularly high standard." (Geography)

"The Dictionary is the best compendium of human geography of today. It is a book to which I shall turn again and again, and can only recommend my colleagues to do likewise." (Tijdschrift voor Econ. en Soc. Geografie)

"An invaluable student guide." (Endeavour)

"As a student's companion it could hardly be bettered." (Times Educational Supplement)

"Very highly recommended." (American Library Association)

"The best single-volume reference to the field of human geography. In paper, it is quite a bargain and clearly a necessary addition to the bookshelves of students and professionals alike." (Environmental Planning)

"The Dictionary remains the best single-volume reference to the field of human geography. In paper, it is quite a bargain and clearly a necessary addition to the bookshelves of students and professionals alike." (Geography)

"This is easily the best dictionary of human geography in print." (Progress in Human Geography)

"This dictionary is an essential companion for anyone studying human geography and it is a bargain. Buy it immediately!" (Reference Reviews)

"I could quite happily spend hours reading the Dictionary of Human Geography ... It is, quite simply, an integral part of my being a geographer, and has been since my earliest undergraduate days." (Scottish Geographical Journal)

"Even better than before, the Dictionary is an essential tool for all human geographers and over the years has provided an invaluable guide to the changing boundaries and content of the discipline. No-one can afford to be without this fifth edition."
Linda McDowell, University of Oxford

"From explanations of core concepts and central debates to lucid discussions of the theories driving contemporary research, this is the best conceptual map to the creative and critical thinking that characterizes contemporary Human Geography. The fifth edition belongs on the bookshelf of all serious students."
Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech

"With an exceptional balance between breadth and depth, this is undoubtedly a timely and ground-breaking revision of the Dictionary. An outstanding accomplishment of the editors and contributors, and a comprehensive and essential reference for any student or scholar interested in human geography."
Mei-Po Kwan, Ohio State University

"I can’t imagine life without it. Definitive, detailed yet accessible: there’s still no single-volume reference work in the field to rival it."
Noel Castree, University of Manchester

"Every field has its bible…if human geography students were to buy only one book during their time at university, they would be well advised to make it this one. The Dictionary of Human Geography remains unrivalled in the breadth of its coverage, combining weighty discussions of all key aspects of the discipline with pithier notes on more specialized areas."
Times Higher Education

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