An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local by William G. Moseley

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By William G. Moseley

This introductory point textual content explores quite a few theoretical techniques to human-environment geography, demonstrating how neighborhood dynamics and international approaches impression how we have interaction with our environments.

  • Introduces scholars to primary ideas in environmental geography and science
  • Explores the center theoretical traditions in the box, besides significant thematic matters comparable to inhabitants, nutrients and agriculture, and water resources
  • Offers an interesting and targeted view of the spatial relationships among people and their setting throughout geographical destinations round the world
  • Includes various real-world coverage questions and emphasizes geography’s powerful culture of box paintings by means of that includes in demand nature-society geographers in visitor box notes

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Farmers had plowed under large areas of the central US grasslands, leaving topsoil exposed. With neither ground cover nor rainfall of any significance, this region was racked by terrible windborne erosion or, as it came to be known, the Dust Bowl (Worster 1979). The government responded with aggressive soil erosion control plans, promoting contour plowing, wind breaks, shelter belts, and the like (see Chapter 10 for a longer discussion of these measures). At the same time, a Depression-era work program was created, known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The social constructivists in geography take an explicitly social stance on the concept of nature. ” From the constructivist notion of environment, or nature, they speak of socionature. This is a combination of the social and the natural that, from this perspective, removes the separating lens between the social and the natural. For these authors and philosophers, then, they are one and the same and you cannot talk about “the natural world” as if it was separate from humans. Take, for example, the seemingly natural condition of a drought.

Take, for example, the seemingly natural condition of a drought. Human experience of such a situation is deeply conditioned by the way a society is structured. One farming society might anticipate drought as a form of natural variability and store surplus grain in good years to be redistributed to households in years of poor rainfall. Another society might be enmeshed in a global economic system which extracts all food and fiber from a region at minimal prices. As such, the experience of these two groups with the same drought in a given year may be very different, with one group surviving with little hardship and the other facing extreme hunger and possible famine.

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