Contemporary Human Geography (2e)
, Miami University of Ohio
Contemporary Human Geography
Pearson Higher Ed USA
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Contemporary Human Geography is a beautifully crafted, modular springboard into essential human and cultural geography concepts, designed for the contemporary geography student. This brief, innovative text explores current human geography in the bold visual style that distinguishes Dorling Kindersley (DK) publications. 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. The Second Edition also offers an updated cartography program, new pedagogical tools to help guide students, and the latest data and applications.
Table of contents
1. Thinking Geographically
4. Folk and Popular Culture
8. Political Geography
10. Food and Agriculture
12. Services and Settlements
13. Urban Patterns
14. Resources Issues
New to this edition
- An entirely reworked cartography program:
- All maps have been updated and optimized for maximum accuracy and clear presentation of data.
- New projections are used with fewer distortions in North America for consistency throughout.
- NEW! Every chapter now opens with Key Questions, which are then used as the framework for each two-page module within the chapter.
- These Key Questions ask students to take a bigger picture approach to the concept. Students should be able to answer the Key Questions presented in each module after working through it.
- Each module also presents two unique Main Points that students should understand after reading the module. The Key Questions and Main Points are revisited in the end of chapter Review.
- This structured learning path guides students through a text that is both visually engaging and conceptually challenging.
- NEW! Thinking Geographically critical-thinking questions are found at the end of each chapter, giving students a chance to practice higher order thinking.
- NEW! Google Earth™ and MapMaster interactive map activities and questions are integrated in select modules and at the end of each chapter, giving students a chance to use exciting and engaging geospatial media to explore concepts, practice critical image and data analysis, and extend chapter learning.
- NEW! The latest science, statistics, and associated imagery are used in the Second Edition, including data from the 2010 Census and the 2011 Population Reference Bureau World Population Data, events such as the “Arab Spring” political crisis across the Middle East, the state of the current global economy, and the Facebook phenomenon.
- NEW! Quick Response (QR) Codes on every chapter opener enable students to link smartphones from the book to various open source geography websites relevant to each chapter, providing easy and immediate access to original sources and up-to-date data. Students simply scan the QR codes in the book with their Smartphones, after following a few easy steps:
- 1) Download a QR reader from an app store (there are many free apps available) or use the built-in code reader if the device has one.
- 2) Open the QR code reader app on the phone and scan the code (as shown to the right).
- 3) The student’s device will be automatically redirected to exclusive online extras. (Note: data usage charges may apply.)
- NEW! Chapter 1 has been expanded to include a new "Welcome to Geography" module.
- All images have been carefully chosen and included to complement and expand upon the content, providing a balanced presentation of visual imagery and text.
- Enhanced continuity and connections in the narrative in the new edition tie together modules to provide a cohesive story and connect the narrative from chapter to chapter. The NEW Looking Ahead End-of-Chapter feature also previews chapter material to highlight connections between chapters.
Features & benefits
- 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.
Dr. 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). His text The Cultural Landscapeis the bestselling text for both AP and college human geography classes. Originally from Baltimore, Rubenstein is an avid Orioles fan and an artist whose paintings are displayed at local galleries.