A Companion to Environmental Geography

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Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman, Bruce Rhoads
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 11, 2009 - Science - 608 pages
A Companion to Environmental Geography is the first book to comprehensively and systematically map the research frontier of 'human-environment geography' in an accessible and comprehensive way.
  • Cross-cuts several areas of a discipline which has traditionally been seen as divided; presenting work by human and physical geographers in the same volume
  • Presents both the current 'state of the art' research and charts future possibilities for the discipline
  • Extends the term 'environmental geography' beyond its 'traditional' meanings to include new work on nature and environment by human and physical geographers - not just hazards, resources, and conservation geographers
  • Contains essays from an outstanding group of international contributors from among established scholars and rising stars in geography
 

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A Companion to Environmental Geography is certainly more than a mere Dictionary – each of the 32 chapters following the introduction from the editors provides an introduction to key ideas, methods and debates that will be accessible to advanced undergraduates and beyond. The chapters are divided into four sections – Concepts, Approaches, Practices, and Topics – some tackling questions at the cutting edge (e.g., what are the interlinked social and environmental implications of commodifying nature, and of commodification more generally?), some calling for advances or changes in perspective (e.g., current consideration of uncertainty and risk is a facade on deterministic approaches) and others providing more benign, yet no less stimulating, introductions to the issues. Such is the diversity of human-environment issues covered that not all chapters will be of interest to all readers. However, the book will be a useful reference for all scholars of human-environment interactions, whether to provide inspiration for potential research approaches or as a teaching tool to introduce students to the breadth of topics in Environmental Geography.
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My full review for Progress in Physical Geography is here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132509341428
 

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About the author (2009)

Noel Castree is Professor of Geography at Manchester University, England, and the University of Wollongong, Australia. Editor of Social Nature (2001) and author of Making Sense of Nature (2013), his current research focuses on how people and Earth are represented by expert communities cross the disciplines.

David Demeritt is a Reader in Geography at King's College, London. He has published many essays on the politics and practice of environmental science and theories of society-nature relations more generally.

Diana Liverman is Co-Director of the Institute of the Environment and Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. She has published widely on environmental change and policy.

Bruce Rhoads is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and would describe himself as a 'hard core' physical geographer.

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