Jordan's Fundamentals of the Human Mosaic A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-21
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Centered around five distinctive perspectives, Jordan's Fundamentals of the Human Mosaic organizes content around culture region, cultural diffusion, cultural ecology, cultural interaction, and cultural landscape.

Author Biography

Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov was the Walter Prescott Webb Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A specialist in the cultural and historical geography of the United States, Jordan-Bychkov was particularly interested in the diffusion of Old World culture in North America that helped produce the vivid geographical mosaic evident today.  He served as president of the Association of American Geographers in 1987 and 1988 and received an Honors Award from that organization. He wrote on a wide range of American cultural topics, including forest colonization, cattle ranching, folk architecture, and ethnicity. His scholarly books include The European Culture Area: A Systematic Geography, fourth edition (with Bella Bychkova Jordan, 2002), Ango-Celtic Australia: Colonial Immigration and Cultural Regionalism (with Alyson L. Grenier, 2002), Siberian Village: Land and Life in the Sakha Republic (with Bella Bychkova Jordan, 2001), The Mountain West: Interpreting the Folk Landscape (with Jon Kilpinen and Charles Gritzner, 1997), North American Cattle Ranching Frontiers (1993), The American Backwoods Frontier (with Matt Kaups, 1989), American Log Building (1985), Texas Graveyards (1982), Trails to Texas: Southern Roots of Western Cattle Ranching (1981), and German Seed in Texas Soil (1966).  His final book, The Upland South (2003) published in 2003 was the result of 40 years of research and was a logical and intellectual culmination of his scholarly career.
Mona Domosh is the Joan P. and Edward J. Foley, Jr. 1933 professor of geography at Dartmouth College. She earned her Ph.D. at Clark University. Her research has examined the links between gender ideologies and the cultural and material formation of large American cities in the nineteenth century, and the role that gender and "whiteness" played in the selling of American products overseas in the early twentieth century.  She is currently engaged in research that focuses on the material practices and everyday encounters of United States-based corporations in four different sites outside the United States (Scotland, Argentina, Russia, and India) before 1930.   Domosh is the author of American Commodities in an Age of Empire (2006); Invented Cities: The Creation of Landscape in 19th-Century New York and Boston (1996); the coauthor, with Joni Seager, of Putting Women in Place: Feminist Geographers Make Sense of the World (2001); and the coeditor of Handbook of Cultural Geography (2002).
Roderick P. Neumann is a professor of geography in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the complex interactions of culture and nature through a specific focus on national parks and natural resources. In his research, he combines the analytical tools of cultural and political ecology with landscape studies. He has pursued these investigations through historical and ethnographic research mostly in East Africa, with some comparative work in North America and Central America. His current research explores interwoven narratives of nature, landscape, and identity in the European Union, with a particular emphasis on Spain. His scholarly books include Imposing Wilderness: Struggles over Livelihoods and Nature Preservation in Africa (1998), Making Political Ecology (2005), and The Commercialization of Non-Timber Forest Products (2000), the latter coauthored with Eric Hirsch.

Patricia L. Price is associate professor of geography at Florida International University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Connecting the long-standing theme of humanistic scholarship in geography to more recent critical approaches best describes her ongoing intellectual project. From her initial field research in Mexico, she has extended her focus to the border between Mexico and the United States and, most recently, to south Florida as a borderland of sorts. Recent field research is on comparative ethnic neighborhoods, conducted with colleagues and graduate students in Phoenix, Chicago, and Miami, and funded by the National Science Foundation. She is using this work to discuss the Latinos/as, neighborhood change, civic engagement, immigrant and exile landscapes, and critical geographies of race. Price is the author of Dry Place: Landscapes of Belonging and Exclusion (2004) and coeditor (with Tim Oakes) of The Cultural Geography Reader (2008).

Table of Contents

1. Cultural Geography: An Introduction

What Is Cultural Geography?

Themes in Cultural Geography

Key Terms

2. Folk and Popular Cultures

Many Cultures: Material, Nonmaterial, Folk,

Popular, and Mass

Folk and Popular Culture Regions

Folk and Popular Culture Diffusion

The Ecology of Folk and Popular Cultures

Folk and Popular Cultural Landscapes

Key Terms

3. Population Geography

Demographic Regions

Diffusion in Population Geography

Population Ecology

Cultural Interaction and Population Patterns

The Settlement Landscape

Key Terms

4. The Geography of Language

Linguistic Culture Regions

Linguistic Diffusion

Linguistic Ecology

Cultural-Linguistic Interaction

Linguistic Landscapes

Key Terms

5. Geographies of Race and Ethnicity

What Are Race and Ethnicity?

Ethnic Regions

Cultural Diffusion and Ethnicity

Ethnic Ecology

Ethnic Cultural Interaction

Ethnic Landscapes

Key Terms

6. Political Geography

Political Culture Regions

Political Diffusion

Political Ecology

Political-Cultural Interaction

Political Landscapes

Key Terms

7. The Geography of Religion

Classifying Religions

Religious Culture Regions

Religious Diffusion

Religious Ecology

Cultural Interaction in Religion

Religion and Economy

Re Key Terms

ligious Landscapes

8. Agriculture

Agricultural Regions

Agricultural Diffusion

Agricultural Ecology

Cultural Interaction in Agriculture

Agricultural Landscapes

Key Terms

9. Economic Geography: Industries, Services, and Development

What Is Economic Development?

A Model of Economic Development

Industrial and Service Regions

Diffusion of Industry and Services

Industrial-Economic Ecology

Industrial-Economic Cultural Interaction

Industrial-Economic Landscapes

Key Terms

10. Urbanization

Culture Regions

Origin and Diffusion of the City

The Globalization of Cities

Cultural Interaction in Urban Geography

Urban Cultural Landscapes

Key Terms

11. Inside the City

Urban Culture Regions

Cultural Diffusion in the City

The Cultural Ecology of the City

Cultural Interaction and Models of the City

Urban Landscapes

Key Terms




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