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Geography - Why It Matters - Why It Matters

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Ever since humans sketched primitive maps in the dirt, the quest to understand our surroundings has been fundamental to our survival. Studying geography revealed that the earth was round, showed our ancestors where to plant crops, and helped them appreciate the diversity of the planet.

Today, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace, as a result of rising sea levels, deforestation, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and mass migration. Modern technologies have brought people from across the globe into contact with each other, with enormous political and cultural consequences. As a subject concerned with how people, environments, and places are organized and interconnected, geography provides a critical window into where things happen, why they happen where they do, and how geographical context influences environmental processes and human affairs. These perspectives make the study of geography more relevant than ever, yet it remains little understood.

In this engrossing book, Alexander B. Murphy explains why geography is so important to the current moment.

List of contents










Acknowledgments viii

Illustration Credits x

1 Geography's Nature and Perspectives 1

2 Spaces 31

3 Places 60

4 Nature and Society 87

5 Why We All Need Geography 110

Coda 133

Notes 138

Further Reading 147

Index 154

About the author










Alexander B. Murphy is Professor of Geography and Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Oregon.

Summary

Ever since humans sketched primitive maps in the dirt, the quest to understand our surroundings has been fundamental to our survival. Studying geography revealed that the earth was round, showed our ancestors where to plant crops, and helped them appreciate the diversity of the planet.

Today, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace, as a result of rising sea levels, deforestation, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and mass migration. Modern technologies have brought people from across the globe into contact with each other, with enormous political and cultural consequences. As a subject concerned with how people, environments, and places are organized and interconnected, geography provides a critical window into where things happen, why they happen where they do, and how geographical context influences environmental processes and human affairs. These perspectives make the study of geography more relevant than ever, yet it remains little understood.

In this engrossing book, Alexander B. Murphy explains why geography is so important to the current moment.

Product details

Authors A Murphy, Alexander B Murphy, Alexander B. Murphy
Publisher Polity Press
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.09.2018
 
EAN 9781509523009
ISBN 978-1-5095-2300-9
No. of pages 140
Series Why It Matters
Why It Matters
Subjects Natural sciences, medicine, IT, technology > Geosciences > Geography

Anthropogeographie, Geographie, Geography, Human Geography, Spezialthemen Geographie, Geography Special Topics, Allg. Geographie

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