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Download E-books Spaces of Geographical Thought: Deconstructing Human Geography's Binaries (Society and Space Series) PDF

Spaces of Geographical Thought examines key principles – like area and position - which tell the geographic mind's eye. The textual content explains the importance of those binaries within the structure of geographic proposal and indicates what number of those binaries were interrogated and reimagined in additional fresh geographical pondering.

A attention of those binaries will outline the ideas and situate scholars within the most modern geographical arguments and debates. The textual content should be required interpreting for all modules at the philosophy of geography and on geographical theory.

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Download E-books Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China (Studies in Environment and History) PDF

By Robert Marks

Hard the traditional knowledge of Western environmental historians, this booklet examines the correlations among fiscal and environmental alterations within the southern imperial chinese language provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi (a area traditionally often called Lingnan, "South of the Mountains") from 1400 to 1850. Marks discusses the impression of inhabitants progress on land use styles, the agro-ecology, and deforestation; the commercialization of agriculture and its implications; the effect of climatic swap on agriculture; and the ways that the human inhabitants answered to environmental demanding situations.

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Download E-books Bad Old Days: The Myth of the 1950s PDF

By Alan J. Levine

For many, in particular these at the political left, the Nineteen Fifties are the "bad previous days." the generally authorized checklist of what used to be allegedly incorrect with that decade contains the chilly warfare, McCarthyism, racial segregation, self-satisfied prosperity, and empty materialism. the issues are coupled with ignoring poverty and different social difficulties, complacency, conformity, the suppression of girls, and puritanical attitudes towards intercourse. In all, the normal knowledge sees the last decade as bland and dull, with in general authorized humans paralyzed with worry of warfare, Communism, or McCarthyism, or all three.

Alan J. Levine, exhibits that the widely authorised photo of the Fifties is defective. It distorts a serious interval of yankee historical past. That distortion appears dictated by means of an ideological time table, together with an emotional obsession with a sentimentalized model of the Sixties that during flip calls for holding a specific, deceptive view of the post-World conflict II period that preceded it. Levine argues severe view of the Nineteen Fifties is embedded in an unwillingness to realistically assessment the evolution of yankee society because the Nineteen Sixties. Many--and not just liberals and people additional to the left--desperately wish to steer clear of seeing, or admitting, simply how badly many stuff have long past within the usa because the 1960s.

Bad previous Days indicates that the normal view of the Nineteen Fifties stands towards the truth of the last decade. faraway from being the dismal prelude to a wonderful interval of growth, the postwar interval of the past due Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties used to be an period of extraordinary growth and prosperity. this period used to be then derailed by means of catastrophic political and financial misjudgments and a drastic shift within the nationwide ethos that contributed not anything, or under not anything, to a greater world.

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Download E-books The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development PDF

Download E-books Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages (Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology) PDF

with the intention to stream international society in the direction of a sustainable "ecotopia," ideas needs to be engaged in particular areas and groups, and the authors right here argue for re-orienting environmental anthropology from a problem-oriented in the direction of a solutions-focused activity. utilizing case reviews from world wide, the contributors-scholar-activists and activist-practitioners- research the interrelationships among 3 well known environmental social routine: bioregionalism, a worldview and political ecology that grounds environmental motion and event; permaculture, a layout technological know-how for placing the bioregional imaginative and prescient into motion; and ecovillages, the ever-dynamic settings for developing sustainable neighborhood cultures.

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Download E-books Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene PDF

By Paul A. Delcourt

There has lengthy been controversy among ecologists and archaeologists over the function of prehistoric local americans as brokers of ecological switch. utilizing ecological and archaeological facts from the woodlands of japanese North the USA, Paul and Hazel Delcourt convey that Holocene human ecosystems are advanced adaptive structures during which people have interacted with the surroundings on a chain of spatial and time scales. Their paintings consequently has vital implications for the conservation of organic variety and for ecological recovery this day, making it of significant curiosity to ecologists and archaeologists alike.

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Download E-books Language and National Identity in Asia (Oxford Linguistics) PDF

Language and nationwide identification in Asia is a entire advent to the function of language within the building and improvement of countries and nationwide identities in Asia. prime students from worldwide examine the function languages have performed and now play within the formation of the nationwide and social identification in nations all through South, East, and Southeast Asia. they think about the relation of the areas' languages to nationwide, ethnic, and cultural identification, and view the prestige of and interactions among majority, respectable, and minority languages. Illustrated with maps and accessibly written this publication will curiosity all these involved to appreciate the dynamics of social switch in probably the most vital international locations on this planet. it is going to attract all these learning, getting to know, or educating concerns in Asian society, language, and politics from a comparative point of view.

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Download E-books Sustainability or Collapse?: An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (Dahlem Workshop Reports) PDF

Human background, as written characteristically, leaves out the $64000 ecological and weather context of historic occasions. however the potential to combine the heritage of people with the typical historical past of the Earth now exists, and we're discovering that human-environmental structures are in detail associated in methods we're simply starting to have fun with. In Sustainability or Collapse?, researchers from a number of scholarly disciplines improve an built-in human and environmental background over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the long run. The participants specialize in the human-environment interactions that experience formed ancient forces on the grounds that precedent days and talk about such key methodological matters as info caliber. themes highlighted comprise the political ecology of the Mayans; the influence of weather at the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary climate" of El Niño from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, fiscal, and political forces in environmental switch; situations for the longer term; and the accuracy of such earlier forecasts because the Limits to Growth.

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Download E-books Down on the Batture PDF

By Oliver A. Houck

The reduce Mississippi River winds previous town of recent Orleans among huge, immense levees and a rim of sand, dust, and timber referred to as "the batture." in this distant and neglected piece of land prospers a humanity precise to the region-ramblers, artists, drinkers, fishers, rabbit hunters, puppy walkers, sundown watchers, and refugees from Immigration, alimony, and different elements of recent life.

Author Oliver A. Houck has frequented this position for the earlier twenty-five years. Down at the Batture describes a lifestyles, pastoral, every now and then marginal, yet remarkably fecund and brilliant. From this position he meditates on Louisiana, the kingdom of the waterway, and its better environs. He describes the entire actors that experience performed lead roles at the fringe of the mightiest river of the continent, and contains in his narrative plantations, toxins, homicide, land grabs, keelboat brawlers, slave rebellions, the Corps of Engineers, and the oil industry.

Houck attracts from his event in New Orleans because the early Seventies within the perform and educating of legislation. He has been a participant in lots of of the problems he describes, even supposing he doesn't adopt to argue them right here. as an alternative, tale through tale, he makes use of the batture to discover the forces that experience formed and spell out the way forward for the quarter. the image emerges of a spot that---for all its tangle of undergrowth, drifting humanity, transferring dimensions within the upward thrust and fall of floodwater---provides respite and sanctuary for values which are unique to the USA and ever in danger from the homogenizing forces of civilization.

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Download E-books Tourism, Religion and Spiritual Journeys (Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility) PDF

Religion and spirituality are nonetheless one of the commonest motivations for go back and forth - many significant tourism locations have constructed principally because of their connections to sacred humans, locations and occasions. supplying a entire review of the first matters and ideas concerning this intersection of tourism and faith, this revealing booklet offers a balanced dialogue of either the theoretical and utilized matters that vacation spot planners, spiritual companies, students, and tourism provider companies needs to care for on an everyday basis.

Bringing together a exceptional checklist of individuals, this quantity takes a world method and accommodates immense empirical situations from Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, New Ageism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the non secular philosophies of East Asia. On a conceptual point, it considers, among different topics:

  • contested heritage
  • the pilgrim-tourist dichotomy
  • secularization of pilgrimage experiences
  • religious humanism
  • educational elements of non secular tourism
  • commodification of non secular icons and services.

A shiny number of essays, this remarkable e-book discusses many vital practices, paradigms, and difficulties which are at present being tested and debated. It increases an array of important and engaging questions and as such is a invaluable source for college students, students and researchers of tourism, faith and cultural studies.

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