World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places and Environments eBook, 6th Edition

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World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places and Environments eBook, 6th Edition

By Sallie A. Marston, Paul L. Knox, Diana M. Liverman, Vincent Del Casino, Paul F. Robbins
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For courses in world regional geography.

Conceptual Exploration of World Regions and the Myriad Issues Critical to Geography Today

World Regions in Global Context presents a strong global sensibility and an emphasis on current events, with examples of interdependent development, spatial and social inequality, and questions of spatial justice. The authors maintain that regions are the outcomes of the twin forces of globalisation and regionalisation. Therefore, each regional chapter stresses the global systems of connection that drive unique regional processes, making regions different. By studying regions, students not only learn the critical elements of different places, but also come to understand the fundamental processes that drive change.


This edition is a briefer, more visual text that still maintains its conceptual rigor by addressing today’s critical geographic themes, incorporating deeper focus on sustainability issues, new human stories from the regions, cutting-edge data visualisations and infographics, including a completely modernised cartography program, and much more.


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  • NEW! Sustainability in the Anthropocene features and subsections explore human impacts and environmental challenges facing regions, while also discussing positive initiatives and outcomes to help empower and encourage readers.
  • NEW! Faces of the Region features focus on human profiles from the regions, giving a compelling human face to each region and teasing out major regional-specific issues, including how the specific characteristics of regions (environment, history, culture, demography, economics, and geopolitics) create unique human geographies. These features mostly focus on youth, engaging students with experiences of people from distant lands who are traditionally from their own age cohort, but also feature people across the “Life Course” continuum when appropriate to the region (e.g., the aging European population).
  • UPDATED! Emerging Regions features break the mold of traditional world regions, considering places not necessarily connected by space but by geopolitical and economic interests (e.g., the BRICs countries and the Arctic and Antarctica polar “regions”).
  • UPDATED! Geographies of Indulgence, Desire, and Addiction highlight interesting regional connections between popular commodities. These features link people in one region to people throughout the world through a discussion of the local production and global consumption of one of the region's primary commodities.
  • UPDATED! Visualising Geography case studies explore data and critical geographic concepts through visualisations and infographics.
  • UPDATED! Future Geographies sections explore future scenarios and possible outcomes for each region.
  • NEW! Demographic Change sections contain figures and population pyramids, as well as real-world vignettes, illustrating demographic trends across world regions.
  • NEW! Current Data include the latest science, statistics, and associated imagery from the 2010 Census, the 2015 PRB Population Data, and the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.


Solid Pedagogical Features

  • UPDATED! Learning Outcomes, specific to regions, connect to Apply Your Knowledge Questions, end-of-chapter questions and exercises
  • UPDATED! Apply Your Knowledge Questions integrate lower level Bloom’s review questions to help students check their comprehension as they read.
  • UPDATED! Consistency, Level, and Length have been improved with contemporary applications to illustrate abstract concepts and that appeal to and engage today’s students. There has also been an overall reduction in the word count and text density with more focus on visuals.
  • UPDATED! Maps and Art have been updated with new data and more dynamic designs.
  • The Global Geographies framework throughout the book emphasises the interdependence of places and processes at different scales. Thus, one of the chief organising principles in the book is how globalisation frames the social and cultural construction of particular places and regions. This approach allows the authors to focus on a number of important concepts such as the links between global and local, the unevenness of political and economic development, and links between society and nature.
  • A focus on process addresses the actions that produce the spatial patterns evident in today's world. Rather than presenting a regional snapshot in time, the authors choose to present these patterns as continually evolving entities, each with a past, a present, and a future.
  • A thematic structure organises each of the regional chapters around a consistent set of headings, which are:
    • Environment, Society, and Sustainability
    • History, Economy, and Territory
    • Culture and Populations
    • Future Geographies
  • An emphasis on fundamentals explores the basics of geography: the principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks, and basic knowledge necessary to build a geographic understanding of today’s world, and to sustain a lifelong geographic imagination.
  • Superior cartography and photography offer a rich, diverse visual program with hundreds of maps and photos that help professors better teach their students the important spatial elements inherent to geography.
  • End-of-Chapter Thinking Geographically Questions offer higher-level writing questions to help students apply and synthesise their understanding of chapter concepts and themes.
  • Mobile-Enabled Quick Response (QR) Links to media, data sources, and additional references help students visualise difficult processes and access original and outside source materials.
Table of contents
  • 1. World Regions in Global Context
  • 2. Europe
  • 3. The Russian Federation, Central Asia, and the Transcaucasus
  • 4. Middle East and North Africa
  • 5. Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 6. The United States and Canada
  • 7. Latin America
  • 8. East Asia
  • 9. South Asia
  • 10. Southeast Asia
  • 11. Oceania