Diversity Amid Globalization (2nd Edition)

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Diversity Amid Globalization is an exciting contemporary approach to World Regional Geography that explicitly acknowledges the geographic changes that accompany today's rapid rate of globalization. The book's unique approach gives readers access to the latest ideas, concepts and theories in geography while concurrently developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of world regions. This book covers discussions of environmental geography, population and settlement, cultural coherence and diversity, geopolitical framework, and economic and social development. For anyone interested in world regional geography.

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Places fascinate geographers. In this book, authors Les Rowntree, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, and William Wyckoff offer a unique interpretation of world regional geography that is deeply appreciative of global diversity, while at the same time emphasizing those aspects of modern life that link the world together. The four photos on the front cover illustrate this approach by highlighting both local diversity and global connectedness.

  • Globalization Protest in Washington, DC: Many people are concerned about globalization's effects on the environment, national sovereignty, and human rights. This photograph shows the Philippine Solidarity Group from Toronto, Canada protesting in Washington, DC in the United States—which in itself is a statement about globalization. Protests such as these illustrate that while globalization may not always be positive, it has become a pervasive force in the world. Read about globalization as a concept in chapter 1.
  • Singapore: Singapore's landscape juxtaposes a skyline of modern high-rise buildings with the historical Colonial district architecture in the foreground. Foreign Policy magazine recently listed Singapore as the word's most global country. Read about Singapore in chapter 13, Southeast Asia.
  • The Islamic Landscape: Iranian mullahs discuss the religious questions of the day beneath the minarets of the Moussavi Mosque in Qom. Islam has left a widespread mark on Southwest Asia's cultural landscapes. Learn more about Islamic architecture in chapter 7, Southwest Asia and North Africa.
  • Kerala: Evidence of globalization is widespread in Kerala, India. Here one sees a rural family with a large satellite dish; the family earns a few dollars a week by renting out viewing time to villagers on its globally linked television set. Learn more about Kerala by taking the Author Field Trip featured on the CD-ROM that accompanies your book.

About the Author:

Les Rowntree teaches both Geography and Environmental Studies at San Jose State University in California, where he recently completed a term as the Chair of the interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Studies. As an environmental geographer, Dr. Rowntree's teaching and research interests focus on international environmental issues, the human dimensions of global change, biodiversity and conservation, and human-caused landscape transformation. He sees world regional geography as a way to engage and inform students by giving them the conceptual tools needed to assess global issues critically in their larger context. Recently Dr. Rowntree has done research in Morocco, Mexico, Australia, and Europe, as well as in his native California. Along with publishing in various geographic and environmental journals, Dr. Rowntree is also writing a book on the natural history of California's Bay Area and Central Coast.

Martin Lewis is a lecturer in International Affairs at Stanford University He has conducted extensive research on environmental geography in the Philippines and on the intellectual history of global geography. His publications include Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (1992), and with Karen Wigen, The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (1997).

Marie Price is an Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University A Latin American specialist, Marie has conducted research in Belize, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia. She has also traveled widely throughout Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her studies have explored human migration, natural resource use, environmental conservation, and regional development. Dr. Price brings to Diversity Amid Globalization a special interest in regions as dynamic spatial constructs that are shaped over time through both global and local forces. Her publications include articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geographical Review, Journal of Historical Geography, CLAG Yearbook, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Focus.

William Wyckoff is a geographer in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University specializing in the cultural and historical geography of North America. He has written and co-edited several books on North American settlement geography, including The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (1988), The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography (1995) and Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape 1860-1940 (1999). In 1990, he received the Burlington Northern Corporation's Award for Outstanding Teaching. A World Regional Geography instructor for 18 years, Dr. Wyckoff hopes that the fresh approach taken in Diversity Amid Globalization will more effectively highlight the tensions evident in the world today as global change impacts particular places and people in dramatic and often

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