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Providing a springboard to essential geographic concepts, this innovative new book explores current human geography in the bold visual style that distinguishes Dorling Kindersley (DK) publications.  Topics within each chapter are organized into self-contained two-page spreads. Together with the graphics, Rubenstein’s clear and efficient writing engages students, presenting complex information without sacrificing  high-quality geography. A modern integration of precise maps, carefully crafted prose, informational illustrations, and vivid photographs propels readers off the page and into a real-world visual and intellectual understanding of the principles outlined by the author.

Thinking Geographically; Population; Migration; Culture; Language; Religion; Ethnicity; Political Geography; Development; Agriculture; Industry; Settlements and Services; Urban Patterns; Resource Issues.

An interesting reference for anyone interested in learning more about human geography.


This package contains the following components:

-0321590031: Contemporary Human Geography

-0321682203: Encounter Human Geography

About the Author

Dr. James M. Rubenstein received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. His dissertation on French urban planning was later developed into a book entitled The French New Towns (Johns Hopkins University Press). In 1976 he joined the faculty at Miami University, where he is currently Professor of Geography. Besides teaching courses on Urban and Human Geography and writing textbooks, Dr. Rubenstein also conducts research in the automotive industry and has published two books on the subject entitled The Changing U.S. Auto Industry: A Geographical Analysis (Routledge) and Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Auto Industry (The Johns Hopkins University Press). 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Thinking Geographically    

1.1 The history of geography    

1.2 The science of geography    

1.3 Reading maps    

1.4 Contemporary mapping tools    

1.5 Places: Unique locations    

1.6 Regions: Unique areas    

1.7 Scale: Global patterns    

1.8 Space: Distribution of features    

1.9 Connections between places    


Chapter 2 Population   

2.1 Population concentrations   

2.2 Population density   

2.3 Components of growth   

2.4 Fertility and morality   

2.5 The demographic transition   

2.6 Malthus   

2.7 Declining birth rates   

2.8 The epidemiological transition   

2.9 Global health threats   


Chapter 3 Migration   

3.1 Reasons to migrate   

3.2 Characteristics of migrants   

3.3 Global migration patterns   

3.4 Guest workers   

3.5 US immigration patterns   

3.6 Immigrants to US   

3.7 Immigration issues   

3.8 Migration between regions   

3.9 Migration within region   


Chapter 4 Culture   

4.1 Origin and diffusion of folk culture   

4.2 Origin and diffusion of popular culture   

4.3 Sports   

4.4 Housing   

4.5 Food   

4.6 Clothing   

4.7 Popular media   

4.8 Uniform landscape   

4.9 Environmental damage   


Chapter 5 Language   

5.1 Classifying languages   

5.2 Distribution of languages   

5.3 Indo-european languages   

5.4 Origin and diffusion of English   

5.5 English dialects   

5.6 Global dominance of english   

5.7 Multilingual states   

5.8 Preserving endangered languages   

5.9 French and Spanish in North America   


Chapter 6 Religion   

6.1 Classifying religions   

6.2 Distribution of religions   

6.3 Distribution of US religions   

6.4 Geographic origin of religions   

6.5 Diffusion of religions   

6.6 Religious structures   

6.7 The calendar   

6.8 Ireland   

6.9 The middle east   


Chapter 7 Ethnicity   

7.1 US ethnic distribution   

7.2 African-American migration   

7.3 Ethnicity and race   

7.4 Transforming ethnicities into nationalities   

7.5 Nation-states and multinational states   

7.6 Combining and dividing ethnicities   

7.7 Iraq   

7.8 Ethnic cleansing   

7.9 The Balkans   


Chapter 8 Political Geography   

8.1 Defining states   

8.2 Development of states   

8.3 Colonies           

8.4 Shapes of states           

8.5 Boundaries between states           

8.6 Boundaries inside states           

8.7 Electoral geography           

8.8 Cooperation among states           

8.9 Terrorism           


Chapter 9 Development           

9.1 Human development index           

9.2 Gender-related development           

9.3 Economic indicators           

9.4 Social indicators           

9.5 Health indicators           

9.6 Self-sufficiency and international trade           

9.7 World trade           

9.8 Financing development   

9.9 Fair trade   


Chapter 10 Agriculture   

10.1 Origin of Agriculture   

10.2 Agricultural regions   

10.3 Rural settlements   

10.4 Comparing subsistence and commercial agriculture   

10.5 Subsistence agriculture regions   

10.6 Commercial agriculture regions   

10.7 Subsistence agriculture and population growth   

10.8 Commercial agriculture and market forces   

10.9 Sustainable agriculture   


Chapter 11 Industry   

11.1 The industrial revolution   

11.2 Distribution of industry   

11.3 Situation factors   

11.4 Steel production   

11.5 Auto production   

11.6 Ship by boat, rail, truck, or air?

11.7 Site factors   

11.8 Textile and apparel production   

11.9 Labor-intensive industries   


Chapter 12 Settlements and Services   

12.1 Distribution of cities   

12.2 Cities in history   

12.3 Urbanization   

12.4 Types of services   

12.5 Hierarchy of business services   

12.6 Coolness and innovation   

12.7 Central place theory   

12.8 Market area analysis   

12.9 Hierarchy of services   


Chapter 13 Urban Patterns   

13.1 The central business district   

13.2 Defining urban settlements   

13.3 Fragmented government   

13.4 Models of internal structure   

13.5 Social area analysis   

13.6 Applying the models outside the US   

13.7 Suburbanization   

13.8 Inner city decline and renewal   

13.9 Transportation   


Chapter 14 Resource Issues   

14.1 Nonrenewable energy resources   

14.2 Energy production and reserves   

14.3 Mineral reserves   

14.4 Air polution   

14.5 Water polution   

14.6 Land polution   

14.7 Renewable resources   

14.8 Recycling resources   

14.9 Sustainability   


Product Details

Rubenstein, James M.
Academic Internet Publishers
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Earth Sciences - Geography
Human Geography
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
February 2009
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
11 x 8.5 x 1 in 1157 gr

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