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Environment: Critical Essays in Human Geography

Edited By: Kay Anderson and Bruce Braun


Hardback | Nov 2008 | #175469 | ISBN-13: 9780754627050
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Spanning cultural and political ecology, the political economy of the environment, humanistic landscape interpretation, cultural studies of nature, and science and technology studies, this volume is the definitive guide to environmental studies in Human Geography over the past 30 years. The articles collected capture conceptual developments in the field for audiences within and beyond Geography, and illustrate the diversity and remarkable vitality of geographical research on society-environment relations.


1970s: Population, resources and the ideology of science, D. Harvey; Environmental appreciation: localities as a humane art, D. Meinig; Introduction: the ecology of subsistence, B. Nietzschmann. 1980s: Geography, Marx and the concept of nature, N. Smith and P. O'Keefe; On the poverty of theory: natural hazards research in context, Michael Watts; The matter of nature, M. Fitzsimmons; Prospect, perspective and the evolution of the landscape idea, D. Cosgrove. 1990s: The nature of metaphor in geography and environmental history, D. Demeritt; Earth honoring: Western desires and indigenous knowledges, J. Jacobs; Human geography and the 'new ecology': the prospects and promise of integration, K. Zimmerer; The nature of produced nature: materiality and knowledge construction in Marxism, N. Castree; Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of 'human' geography, K. Anderson; Transspecies urban theory, J. Wolch, K. West and T. Gaines; Contesting terrain in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands, D. Moore; Buried epistemologies: the politics of nature in (post)colonial British Columbia, B. Willems-Braun; Nature and fictitious capital, G. Henderson; Hybrid geographies: rethinking the 'human' in human geography, S. Whatmore; Turfgrass subjects: the political economy of urban monculture, P. Robbins and J. Sharp. 2000s: Privatizing water, producing scarcity: the Yorkshire drought of 1995, K. Bakker; Rethinking environmental racism: white privilege and urban development in Southern California, L. Pulido; The African origins of Carolina rice culture, J.A. Carney; Indeterminacy in-decisions: science, policy and politics in the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) crisis, S. Hinchcliffe; Resource curse? Governmentality, oil and power in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, M. Watts; Living cities: towards a politics of conviviality, S. Whatmore and S. Hinchcliffe.

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Kay Anderson is Professor of Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. She is a leading scholar in the field of cultural geography and is internationally recognised for her contributions to the development of the 'cultural turn' in geography. Bruce Braun is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota and his research interests center on the politics and ethics of environmental change.

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