World Regional Geography Book Series
Both options decisively influence the life paths of the individuals living there. Consequently, the structure of the arrangement pattern of ‘locales’ is regarded as an expression of the social structure. In this regard, the varying importance of different settings is crucial. The organization of production determines which settings become dominant. They are characterized by the fact that time ‘must’ be allocated to them. Consequently, the distinctiveness or uniqueness of every place and every region is an expression of the agent’s historically variable interpretation of these processes under historically specific, contingent conditions.
This course examines the physical, human and economic geography of Canada, from a regional context. Students focus on the many interconnections and relationships between the different regions, between different areas in the regions, and between cities and the rural areas in each region. The distribution patterns of people, cultural groups, and economic activities is explored to illustrate how the regions are part of larger interconnected systems (e.g. Canada, North America, or the Pacific Rim). Although people had been studying specific regions for decades, regional geography as a branch in geography has its roots in Europe, specifically with the French and geographer Paul Vidal de la Blanche.
Traditional music, clothing, and food preferences might be replaced by foreign cultural features, which can lead to conflict. There is thus a tension between globalization, and the benefits of global connectivity, and local culture. Area and international studies, and law have become increasingly interwoven, especially over the final third of the twentieth century. This is evidenced in scholarship in each field that is attentive to the other. The concern of these fields with one another is also borne out in law school curricula, new journals, and the availability of funding. The foregoing integration notwithstanding, however, area and international studies still stand at the periphery of legal studies.
Recognize in in-class discussion and written work the significance of the regional concept in geographic enquiry. The student should be able to identify the relevance of both the physical and human environment in regional classification systems at all scales of enquiry. It is designed for learners with little or no previous university experience. Students will improve their understanding of academic geography and its importance in understanding and addressing global challenges, such as developing sustainable solutions to current environmental challenges.
Politically, some countries have stable, open governments, while others have long-standing authoritarian regimes. Thus, world regional geography is, in many ways, a study of global inequality. But the geographic study of inequality is more than just asking where inequalities are present, it is also digging deeper and asking why those inequalities exist. Starting with the question of how societal realities are regionally formed and articulated, Gregory then wants to pave the way for appropriate regional political or scientific interventions. The major thesis of the project is that spatial structures are somehow incorporated in social structures and vice versa.
She is a broadly trained Human Geographer specializing in Cultural Geography. Her specific research areas include the Geography of Religion, nature/societal interactions, and explorations of geographic theory and methodology. She has co-organized a session on sacred space at the Association of American Geographer’s annual meeting and her work has appeared in the journal Environment and Planning A as well as in The Professional Geographer. She is an assistant professor at the University of Mary Washington and has taught a variety of courses in geography including World Regional Geography, Introduction to Human Geography, Sacred Spaces, and Environmental Studies.