Globalization and Diversity : Geography of a Changing World

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-04
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This exciting, contemporary approach to World Regional Geography acknowledges the geographic changes that accompany today’s rapid rate of globalization. The authors' unique approach gives you access to the latest ideas, concepts and theories in geography while also developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of world regions, including a strong sense of place and an understanding of the connections within and between world regions.

Globalization and Diversity is a briefer version of the popular Diversity Amid Globalization by the same authors. This distillation focuses on core materials that professors and students need in a World Regional Geography course. This condensed book is a useful tool for those instructors interested in a briefer text, or for those who are concerned about the reading ability of their students.

New To This Edition :

- More emphasis on globalization: Coverage of globalization is amplified in each regional chapter with a new text bullet point on the chapter opener that ties globalization themes to the region.

- More emphasis on global connections: Transregional links are explored in new boxed essays titled “Exploring Global Connections.” Examples include: the globalization of firefighting (Chapter 3); China’s investment in Africa (Chapter 6); The Tata Group (Chapter 12); and Nauru and the Mixed Benefits of Globalization (Chapter 14).

- Increased coverage of global climate change: Discussion of global climate change is expanded in Chapter 2. In addition, the impact of climate change is discsussed in the context of each regional chapter.

- New redesigned cartography: The map program has been thoroughly redesigned to an open, visually appealing approach while retaining the accuracy and pedagogical focus of previous edition maps.

- Updates for currency include the geographic impacts of the global economic crisis, coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and China and India’s increasing importance in world affairs.

- Online media updates include: NEW Earth Report videos correlated to each chapter and associated assessments, and NEW online interactive maps & associated assessments.

Author Biography

Les Rowntree is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where he researches
and writes about environmental issues. This career change comes after three
decades of teaching both Geography and Environmental Studies at San Jose State
University in California. As an environmental geographer, Dr. Rowntree’s interests focus
on international environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, and human-caused
global change. He sees world regional geography as a way to engage and inform students
by giving them the conceptual tools needed to critically assess global issues. Dr. Rowntree
has done research in Iceland, Alaska, Morocco, Mexico, Australia, and Europe, as well as
in his native California. Current writing projects include a book on the natural history of
California’s coast, as well as textbooks in geography and environmental science.

Martin Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in History 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).
Dr. Lewis has traveled extensively in East, South, and Southeast Asia. His current
research focuses on the geographical dimensions of globalization. In April 2009
Dr. Lewis was recognized by Time Magazine, as a favorite lecturer.

Marie Price is a 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. She is a non-resident fellow
of the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank that focuses on immigration.
Dr. Price brings to Globalization and Diversity a special interest in regions as dynamic
spatial constructs that are shaped over time through both global and local forces. Her
publications include the co-edited book, Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant
Gateway Cities (2008, Syracuse University Press) and numerous academic articles and
book chapters.

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) (with Lary M.
Dilsaver), Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape 1860–1940
(1999), and On the Road Again: Montana’s Changing Landscape (2006). In 2003 he
received Montana State’s Cox Family Fund for Excellence Faculty Award for Teaching
and Scholarship. A World Regional Geography instructor for 26 years, Dr. Wyckoff
emphasizes in the classroom the connections between the everyday lives of his
students and the larger global geographies that surround them and increasingly
shape their future.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization and Diversity

2. The Changing Global Environment

3. North America      

4. Latin America

5. The Caribbean

6. Sub-Saharan Africa

7. Southwest Asia and North Africa

8. Europe

9. The Russian Domain

10. Central Asia

11. East Asia

12. South Asia

13. Southeast Asia

14. Australia and Oceania

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