This collection of essays looks at the ‘quantitative revolution’ and the ‘new geography’ by some of the geographers who had a significant part in those innovations and looks ahead to further developments.
Author: Richard J. Chorley
Originally published in 1973. This collection of essays looks at the ‘quantitative revolution’ and the ‘new geography’ by some of the geographers who had a significant part in those innovations and looks ahead to further developments. The views in the chapters are diverse and offer a fascinating glimpse of the discipline of geography as the subject was undergoing such change and becoming more socially committed. They cover theory, spatial-systems theory, forecasting, human ecology and climatology alongside the teaching of the subject. The concerns of the contemporary geographer come across and are of interest today as these areas have developed still more.
This edited collection examines contemporary directions in geographical research on South Africa.
Author: Jasper Knight
This edited collection examines contemporary directions in geographical research on South Africa. It encompasses a cross section of selected themes of critical importance not only to the discipline of Geography in South Africa, but also of relevance to other areas of the Global South. All chapters are original contributions, providing a state of the art research baseline on key themes in physical, human and environmental geography, and in understanding the changing geographical landscapes of modern South Africa. These contributions set the scene for an understanding of the relationships between modern South Africa and the wider contemporary world, including issues of sustainable development and growth in the Global South.
This book is a serious attempt to cover all of the relevant subdisciplines in the geographical economics framework. . . I would recommend the book to students of economic geography, regional economics, and related disciplines.
Author: B. Fingleton
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
This book is a serious attempt to cover all of the relevant subdisciplines in the geographical economics framework. . . I would recommend the book to students of economic geography, regional economics, and related disciplines. Frans Boekema, Journal of Regional Science . . . this book is empirically and theoretically comprehensive in its scope. The nearly eighteen authors who have contributed to this book present a truly transatlantic perspective on NEG. . . this volume will be extremely useful to those dealing with rigorous modelling to examine spatial issues in economics, geography and planning. Rajiv Thakur, Regional Science Policy and Practice I recommend the book. . . The papers of a high quality, well written and organized; empirical analyses are based on the most advanced empirical techniques, and the reader enjoys their application. Roberta Capello, Growth and Change A very interesting volume indeed, recommended reading for everyone interested in theorizing space in economics or working in the empirical spatial-economic research arena. Economic Geography Research Group This important book explores original and alternative directions for economic geography following the revolution precipitated by the advent of so-called new economic geography (NEG). Whilst, to some extent, the volume could be regarded as part of the inevitable creative destruction of NEG theory, it does promote the continuing role of theoretical and empirical contributions within spatial economic analysis, in which the rationale of scientific analysis and economic logic maintain a central place. With contributions from leading experts in the field, the book presents a comprehensive analysis of the extent to which NEG theory is supported in the real world. By exploring whether NEG theory can be effectively applied to provide practical insights, the authors highlight novel approaches, emerging trends, and promising new lines of enquiry in the wake of advances made by NEG. Rigorous yet engaging, this book will be an essential tool for academics and researchers specialising in regional studies, urban and spatial economics and economic geography. It will also have widespread appeal amongst policymakers involved in planning and land use.
Geomorphology's development as a scientific subject has produced increasingly sophisticated insight into the physical processes shaping the earth's surface.
Author: Brendon Blue
Category: Fluvial geomorphology
Geomorphology’s development as a scientific subject has produced increasingly sophisticated insight into the physical processes shaping the earth’s surface. It is increasingly apparent, however, that understanding contemporary environments requires equal attention to the processes through which people’s aspirations for landscape are constructed and enacted. Building on and extending traditions of geographical geomorphology as the study of relations between people and landscape, this thesis draws attention to the politics of knowledge production in fluvial geomorphology and river management. Drawing on case studies from western China and Aotearoa New Zealand, the thesis demonstrates how the contemporary practice of geomorphology and river management are entangled with normative understandings of an ideal river. It advances this argument through three interventions focusing on geomorphic diversity, measurement, and the concept of river health. Beginning on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the first intervention proposes a broad understanding of geodiversity as a fundamental basis for understanding relationships between fluvial geomorphology and ecology. It highlights the role of historically-determined valley setting in the headwaters of the Yellow River as a key cross-scalar control on the contemporary river, sketching the outlines of a place-based approach to understanding relationships between form and process in the region. Inspired by conversations with colleagues during fieldwork on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the second intervention takes a step back to investigate the assumptions and ethical implications of geomorphology’s practice as an objective science. Drawing on contemporary developments in critical environmental geographies, and building on geomorphology’s rich but often-maligned history of methodological debate, it explores possibilities for more reflexive river science and management. Recognising the mutually constitutive relationship between geomorphic enquiry and landscape, this intervention presents an open-minded, constructive engagement towards a socially situated, reflexive physical geography. Returning specifically to freshwater, the third intervention investigates meanings of ‘good condition’ as a basis for river research and intervention. It follows the transition of river health from a holistic but hazy ethic of environmental care to specific sets of diagnostic indicators for guiding intervention. Tracing this transition from metaphor to metric, this third intervention examines how common-sense understandings of river condition were first challenged by, and then incorporated within, the scholarly and political project of river health. Arguing that a search for objectivity entrenched assumptions that naturalness was both desirable and attainable, it proposes a revitalised approach to river health as a platform for constructively renegotiating ‘what matters’ for freshwater. Finally, I consider the contemporary meaning of place as a basis for understanding and intervening in the landscape. Looking beyond binary notions of ‘place-based’ versus ‘placeless’ approaches to knowledge, I critically examine the implications and limitations of essentialist assertions of uncertainty. I conclude by out-lining potential new directions for a progressive geographical geomorphology that is grounded in scientific approaches to understanding landscapes, but which takes seriously the social and political contexts in which geomorphic knowledge is produced and used.