The Cultural Landscape

The Cultural Landscape : An Introduction to Human Geography

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For one-semester, introductory courses in Human Geography.This best-selling text covers basic principles in human geography. It follows a thematic approach that emphasizes where human activities are located, why they are located in particular places, and what significance these arrangements represent. The revised seventh edition has been reworked to strengthen coverage in geography's basic concepts, to improve the cartographic program, and to clarify the "where" and "why" of organizational framework.show more

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  • Hardback | 517 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.32 x 25.4mm | 1,338.09g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 7th edition
  • 0130908215
  • 9780130908216

About James M. Rubenstein

Dr. James M. Rubenstein received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. His dissertation on French urban planning later developed into a book entitled The French New Towns (Johns Hopkins University Press). In 1976 he joined the faculty at Miami University, where he is currently Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Geography. Besides teaching courses on Urban and Human Geography and writing textbooks, Dr. Rubenstein also conducts research in the automotive industry and has published two books on the subject entitled The Changing U.S. Auto Industry: A Geographical Analysis (Routledge) and Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Auto Industry (The Johns Hopkins University Press). Originally from Baltimore, he is an avid Orioles fan. Stormy, a lab-pointer mix, takes Dr. Rubenstein for a long walk in the woods every day. This book is dedicated to Bernadette Unger, Dr. Rubenstein's wife, has stuck with him through thick and thin. Dr. Rubenstein also gratefully thanks the rest of his family for their love and support.show more

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary, Case Study Revisited, Key Terms, Thinking Geographically, On the Internet, Further Readings, and Contemporary Geographic Tools.)1. Thinking Geographically. Case Study: Big Mac Attack. Thinking about Space. Thinking about Place. Thinking about Region. Thinking about Scale. Thinking about Connections.2. Population. Case Study: Population Growth in India. Where Is the World's Population Distributed? Where Has the World's Population Increased? Why Is Population Increasing at Different Rates in Different Countries? Why Might the World Face an Overpopulation Problem?3. Migration. Case Study: Migrating to Spain. Why Do People Migrate? Where Are Migrants Distributed? Why Do Migrants Face Obstacles? Why Do People Migrate within a Country?4. Folk and Popular Culture. Case Study: The Aboriginal Artists of Australia at Lincoln Center. Where Do Folk and Popular Cultures Originate and Diffuse? Why Is Folk Culture Clustered? Why Is Popular Culture Widely Distributed? Why Does Globalization of Popular Culture Cause Problems?5. Language. Case Study: French and Spanish in the United States and Canada. Where Are English-Language Speakers Distributed? Why Is English Related to Other Languages? Where Are Other Language Families Distributed? Why Do People Preserve Local Languages?6. Religion. Case Study: The Dalai Lama vs. the People's Republic of China. Where Are Religions Distributed? Why Do Religions Have Different Distributions? Why Do Religions Organize Space in Distinctive Patterns? Why Do Territorial Conflicts Arise among Religious Groups?7. Ethnicity. Case Study: Ethnic Conflict in Rwanda. Where Are Ethnicities Distributed? Why Have Ethnicities Been Transformed into Nationalities? Why Do Ethnicities Clash?8. Political Geography. Case Study: Changing Borders in Europe. Where Are States Located? Where Are Boundaries Drawn between States? Why Do Boundaries between States Cause Problems? Why Do States Cooperate with Each Other?9. Development. Case Study: Bangladesh's Development Problems. Why Does Development Vary among Countries? Where Are More and Less Developed Countries Distributed? Why Do Less Developed Countries Face Obstacles to Development.10. Agriculture. Case Study: Wheat Farmers in Kansas and Pakistan. Where Did Agriculture Originate? Where Are Agricultural Regions in Less Developed Countries? Where Are Agricultural Regions in More Developed Countries? Why Does Agriculture Vary among Regions?11. Industry. Case Study: Maquiladoras in Mexico. Where Did Industry Originate? Where Is Industry Distributed? Why Do Industries Have Different Distributions? Why Do Industries Face Problems?12. Services. Case Study: Obtaining Goods in Romania. Where Did Services Originate? Why Are Consumer Services Distributed in a Regular Pattern? Why Do Business Services Locate in Large Settlements? Why Do Services Cluster Downtown?13. Urban Patterns. Case Study: Two Families in New Jersey. Where Have Urban Areas Grown? Where Are People Distributed within Urban Areas? Why Do Inner Cities Have Distinctive Problems? Why Do Suburbs Have Distinctive Problems?14. Resource Issues. Case Study: Pollution in Mexico City. Why Are Fossil-Fuel Resources Being Depleted? Why Are Resources Being Polluted? Why Are Global Food Resources Expandable?Conclusion: Careers in Geography. Appendix: Map Scale and Projections. Key Terms. Photo Credits. Map Index. Index.show more

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