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An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes

An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes

William G. Moseley, Eric Perramond, Holly M. Hapke, Paul Laris

ISBN: 978-1-405-18932-3 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 416 Pages


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This introductory level text explores various theoretical approaches to human-environment geography, demonstrating how local dynamics and global processes influence how we interact with our environments.

  • Introduces students to fundamental concepts in environmental geography and science
  • Explores the core theoretical traditions within the field, along with major thematic issues such as population, food and agriculture, and water resources
  • Offers an engaging and unique view of the spatial relationships between humans and their environment across geographical locations around the world
  • Includes a variety of real-world policy questions and emphasizes geography’s strong tradition of field work by featuring prominent nature-society geographers in guest field notes

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Notes on the Authors ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Part I: Fundamentals of Human–Environment

Geography 1

1 Introduction: A Geographic Perspective on Human–Environment Interactions 3

2 The Politics of Nature 31

3 The Biophysical Environment 47

Part II: Contemporary Perspectives in Human–Environment Geography 87

4 Cultural and Political Ecology: Local Human–Environment Interactions in a Global Context 89

5 Environmental History 111

6 Hazards Geography and Human Vulnerability 137

7 Environmental Justice: The Uneven Distribution of People, Pollution, and Environmental Opportunity 157

Part III: Thematic Issues in Human–Environment Geography 189

8 Climate, Atmosphere, and Energy 191

9 The Population–Consumption–Technology Nexus 227

10 Agriculture and Food Systems 255

11 Biodiversity, Conservation, and Protected Areas 285

12 Water Resources and Fishing Livelihoods 309

Part IV: Bridging Theory and Practice 341

13 Geographic Research 343

14 Conclusion: Making a Difference 375

Index 389

“This is a great textbook, which introduces students to fundamental concepts in environmental geography and science. . . It is warmly recommended to bachelor students in human ecology and to master degree students in environmental sciences and geography.”  (International Journal Environment  & Pollution, 1 October 2014)

“Contributes a much-needed geographic perspective to the burgeoning, interdiscplinary field of environmental studies...Where many environmental science texts operate from the assumption that nature is a place without humans, this book demonstrates that even forests and soils have a human history...Wellsuited to beginning undergraduates. Chapters contain clear learning objectives, summaries, and end-of-chapter questions. Scientific and social scientific concepts are explained with a minimum of technical terminology. Geography students will find it provides a solid foundation for future studies in human-environment interactions...fills an important niche by adding a distinctly geographical voice to the environmental studies conversation.”  (Journal of Geography, September 2014)

“As a primer on the sort of ideas that should be considered, this is a useful addition.”  (Ecogeog, 1 May 2014)

"Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower-division undergraduate and graduate readers."  (Choice, 1 May 2014)