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Contemporary Human Geography (International Edition)

  • A modern integration of precise maps, carefully crafted prose, informational illustrations, and vivid photographs propels students off the page and into a real-world visual and intellectual understanding of the principles outlined in the text.
  • The book’s modular organization consists of chapters made up of self-contained two-page spreads, a reliable presentation that gives the instructor flexibility when assigning material to students.
  • The unique DK-style format provides unparalleled clarity while adding excitement to tried and true, first-rate geographic analysis. The book's brief format features carefully selected topics that will provide a springboard to each individual professor’s human geography course.
  • Real institutions, businesses, and people add relevancy to photographic references, instilling in students a sense of place and providing a personal connection to facts, concepts, and illustrations presented on the page.
  • The end of chapter review concludes each chapter with:
  • A summary of the Main Points of the chapter organized by the Key Questions,
  • NEW Thinking Geographically Questions
  • NEW Interactive Mapping activities using MapMaster
  • NEW Explore activities using Google Earth™.
  • On the Internet web links motivate student initiative and encourage independent study and exploration of data.
  • Chapter Key Terms with definitions.
  • NEW Looking Ahead preview of the next chapter

By: James M Rubenstein(Author)

384 pages, Illustrations, maps

Pearson Education

Paperback | Jan 2012 | Edition: 2 | #215537 | ISBN-13: 9780321831828
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About this book

Contemporary Human Geography is a beautifully crafted, modular springboard into essential human and cultural geography concepts, designed for the contemporary geography student. Topics within each chapter are organized into modular, self-contained, two-page spreads. Together with the graphics, Rubenstein's efficient writing engages students, presenting information clearly without sacrificing the high-quality geography content essential to students and instructors.


1. Thinking Geographically
2. Population
3. Migration
4. Folk and Popular Culture
5. Language
6. Religion
7. Ethnicity
8. Political Geography
9. Development Food and Agriculture
11. Industry
12. Services and Settlements
13. Urban Patterns
14. Resources Issues

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James M. Rubenstein received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. His dissertation on French urban planning was 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. Besides teaching courses on urban and human geography and writing textbooks, Dr. Rubenstein also conducts research in the automotive industry and has published three books on the subject, The Changing U.S. Auto Industry: A Geographical Analysis (Routledge); Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Auto Industry (The Johns Hopkins University Press); and Who Really Made Your Car? Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry (W.E. Upjohn Institute, with Thomas Klier). 

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