World Regional Geography Without Subregions, 8th Edition
Then within each chapter physical features and generalized cultural aspects of a country are discussed. Finlayson’s texts move away from that traditional approach to focus on important themes to geography and the regions at hand. To structure her text, she does rely on the traditional approach of regions as chapters, but I believe it helps provide consistency not only in the text itself, but for how we have taught geography in the past. This approach along with her framework of subdivisions between physical and human geography makes the text easier for students to read and follow along.
Though there were affiliations with humanistic geography, these approaches were as much interdisciplinary, among others with ethnology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, in analyzing modes of life and social practices. They contributed to regional development research by studies ranging from place, locality development, migration, and urban life to industrial change, settlement structure, and resource management. It remains then often to be a problem that such coping practices are not ascribed explanatory power to an extent that it allows for theoretical development in the field of regional development. Instead, we see the reading and use of certain fashionable concepts, such as social capital or the creative class that can be too generalizing and stereotyping attempts of theoretical interpretation. Area studies have been one field in American higher education where an in-depth understanding of languages and cultures of other societies has been nurtured.
For the Russia region, I felt like I was reading a history textbook. I suppose this is because “in emphasizing depth over breadth, some content was sacrificed.” When we start to explore the spatial distribution of economic development, we find that there are stark differences between and within world regions. Some countries have a very high standard of living and high average incomes, while others have few resources and high levels of poverty.
Linda Jones, world regional geography, geography of the American Southwest, Texas and Europe. Other readings are listed in the weekly outline and will be made available digitally. These will include chapters from stand-alone academic books, edited volumes, and journal articles.
The book’s introduction contributes to the comprehensive nature by covering important technological aspects of contemporary geographic practice, and does a decent job of introducing key general geographic concepts. The clear and conscience writing style of the book proves attractive to instructors and students who can easily open to any chapter and clearly understand the approach, theoretical foundations, and regional diversity. I would not look at this textbook as a separate alternative to costly textbooks just because it is an open access text, but rather, I see this book as holding equal ground with any textbook on world regional geography. It is engaging, thought provoking, and relevant to our modern world and the society in which our students are learning.
To evaluate the importance of geographic conditions in the emergence of states and formation of national identities by examining the key concepts and ideas in the study of political geography. Reading the Physical LandscapeStudents are walked through the process of examining a physical landscape, identifying physical features, and understanding the processes that created the features in the landscape. Using Geographic ToolsThis feature demonstrates, through real-world examples, how geographers use tools, including regions, mental maps, GIS, crowd-sourced maps, statistics, surveys, landscape analysis, and planning, to do geography. Each Using Geographical Tools entry includes a photo or map and two Thinking Geographically questions. Recognize through short essays and class discussion that whilst it is possible to divide the world into regions, there exists a commonality amongst the peoples of the Earth. The student will be able to identify through written work and mapwork the ever-increasing degrees of contact that societies enjoy between one another.