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World Regions in Global Context presents a strong global sensibility and an emphasis on current concerns, with models of interdependent development, spatial and social inequality, and questions of spatial justice. The authors maintain that regions are the outcomes of a set of twin forces of globalization and regionalization. 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. The Fifth Edition discusses geographies of emerging regions, incorporates cutting-edge data visualizations and infographics, including Quick Response codes linking to online media, features a completely modernized cartography program, and much more.
Sallie Marston received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been a faculty member in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona since 1986. Her teaching focuses on culture, politics, globalization, and methods. She has taught many innovative courses, including a cultural geography course based entirely on HBO’s The Wire. She is the recipient of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. She is the author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and books and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. She is co-author of Pearson’s introductory human geography textbook, Places and Regions in Global Context.
Paul Knox received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Sheffield, England. After teaching in the United Kingdom for several years, he moved to the United States to take a position as professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech. His teaching centers on urban and regional development withan emphasis on comparative study. He has written several books on aspects of economic geography, social geography, and urbanization and he serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. In 1996 he was appointed to the position of University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow for International Advancement, and International Director of the Metropolitan Institute. He is co-author of Pearson’s introductory human geography textbook, Places and Regions in Global Context.
Diana Liv erman received her Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA, and also studied at the University of Toronto, Canada, and University College London, England. Born in Accra, Ghana, she holds a joint appointment between the University of Arizona (where she co-directs the Institute of the Environment) and Oxford University. She has taught geography at Oxford University, the University of Arizona, Penn State, and the University of Wisconsin. Her teaching focuses on global environmental issues, climate and development, and on Latin America. She has served on several national and international advisory committees dealing with environmental issues and climate change and has written recent journal articles and book chapters on such topics as natural disasters, climate change, and environmental policy.
Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky in 2000. He is currently Professor of Geography and Development and Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is part of the Social and Cultural Geography and Dialogues in Human Geography editorial boards as well as the AAG Membership Committee. He was previously Professor of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. He has held a Visiting Research Fellow post at The Australian National University, and completed NSF supported research in Thailand. His current research reflects his ongoing interests in the areas of social and health geography, with a particular emphasis on HIV transmission, the care of people living with HIV and AIDS, and homelessness. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on his research, and he recently completed an upper division textbook on social geography: A Companion to Social Geography (Wiley-Blackwell). He has served as Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the AAG. His teaching focuses on social geography, geographic thought, and geographic methodology. He also teaches a number of general education courses in geography, including world regional geography, which he first began teaching as a graduate student in 1995.
Paul Robbins received his Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University in 1996. He is currently Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Prior to this, he taught at the University of Arizona from 2005-2012, where he was Professor and Director of the School of Geography and Development, Ohio State University, the University of Iowa, and Eastern Connecticut State University. He has served as Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the AAG. His teaching and research focuses on the relationships between individuals (homeowners, hunters, professional foresters), environmental actors (lawns, elk, mesquite trees), and the institutions that connect them. He and his students seek to explain human environmental practices and knowledge, the influence the environment has on human behavior and organization, and the implications this holds for ecosystem health, local community, and social justice. Past projects have examined chemical use in the suburban United States, elk management in Montana, forest product collection in New England, and wolf conservation in India.
Table of Contents
1. World Regions in Global Context
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. Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific