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What is Geography?

What is Geography?

January 2008 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This text offers readers a short and highly accessible account of the ideas and concepts constituting geography. Drawing out the key themes that define the subject, What is Geography? demonstrates how and why these themes - like environment and geopolitics- are of fundamental importance.

Including discussion of both the human and the natural realms, the text looks at key themes like environment, space, and place - as well as geography's methods and the history of the discipline.

Introductory but not simplified, What is Geography? will provide students with the ability to understand the history and context of the subject without any prior knowledge.

Intended Audience: Designed as a key transitional text for students entering undergraduate courses, this book will be of interest to all readers interested in and intrigued by the "geographical imagination."

To Know the World
Order and Power

To Know the World
People and Nature

Geographical Obsessions
Urbanisation and Mobility

Doing Geography
Institutionalising Geography

I cannot imagine a better guide to the transition between school and undergraduate geography than this short, informative and confidently-argued book. Written without fuss but based on solid learning and clear thinking, it tackles head-on a question many professional academic geographers would rather avoid: what is geography?

Alisdair Rogers
University of Oxford

Beautiful little book that helps to introduce the core concepts of geography and provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge and academia.

Dr Stefan Zimmermann
Geography, University of Osnabruck
January 9, 2013

A really useful introduction to Geography for those students that may choose to engage in research projects that draw upon geography.

Dr Shona Russell
School of Management, St Andrews University
May 2, 2012

This is a very interesting , well written book that I would recommend to my students.

Mrs Catherine White
Geography, Northumbria University
June 22, 2011

Excellent book. I'm sympathetic to the stance taken here. I will use parts of it but won't adopt it in full.

Dr Alistair Fraser
Geography , national university of ireland maynooth
November 13, 2009

The book gives an interesting and modern view of geography, but it doesn't go deep enough into the history of geography.
We use Holt-Jensen (2009): 'Geography history and concepts' in stead. It gives a broader and more systematic account.

Dr Britt Dale
Dept of Geography, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
November 12, 2009

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Introduction PDF

Alastair Bonnett

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Geography at Newcastle University. His books have been translated into nineteen languages and include ‘The Age of Islands: In Search of New and Disappearing Islands’ and ‘Multiracism: Rethinking Racism in Global Context’. More About Author

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