With more than 300 entries written by an international team of leading authorities in the field, this work offers a comprehensive overview of the major ideas, concepts, terms, and approaches that characterize a notoriously diverse field. Examines a range of themes characterizing different schools of thought and addresses long standing topics, such as urban, economic, and medical geography, as well as contemporary topics, including feminism, the social dimensions of GIS, and the social construction of nature. Explores many of the dualities that long characterized social science, nature versus society, the individual versus the social, the historical versus the geographical, consumption versus production, and breaks them down using postmodern and poststructuralist approaches. Illustrates how social and spatial structures draw upon people's daily lives. Looks at how globalization has manifested differently from place to place by discussing topics such as transnational capital, international trade, global commodity chains, global cities, international financial and telecommunications systems, and how the global economy is reshaping geopolitics and governance.
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