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See below for a selection of the latest books from Human geography category. Presented with a red border are the Human geography books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Human geography books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Practical Handbook of Thematic Cartography Principles, Methods, and Applications

Practical Handbook of Thematic Cartography Principles, Methods, and Applications

Author: Nicolas Lambert, Christine Zanin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2020

Maps are tools used to understand space, discover territories, communicate information, and explain the results of geographical analysis. This practical handbook is about thematic cartography. With more than 120 colorful extraordinary illustrations, numerous boxed texts, definitions and helpful tools, this step by step introduction to cartography is both, the art of understanding the world and a powerful tool for explaining it. Through many hands-on tests, the reader will learn how to produce an interesting and communicative map applied to any spatial theme. Written by experienced scholars and experts in cartography, this book is an excellent resource for undergraduate students and non-cartographers interested in designing, understanding, and interpreting maps. It includes practical exercises explained in the form of a game and it provides a concise, accessible, and current address of cartographic principles, allowing readers to go deeper into cartographic design. It can be read from beginning to end like an essay, or just by dipping into it for information as needed.

Creative Cluster Development Governance, Place-Making and Entrepreneurship

Creative Cluster Development Governance, Place-Making and Entrepreneurship

Author: Marlen Komorowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2020

In recent decades, the importance of creative cluster development has gained recognition from national and regional governments. Increasingly, governments have been investing in initiatives and urban development plans that aim to create or support localized creative industries. Our understanding of creative clusters is expanded with this insightful volume which looks at issues of governance, place-making and entrepreneurship. In addition to its theoretical contributions, the book also presents a rich range of international case studies, including co-working spaces in Toronto, business park development in MediaCityUK and mediapark.brussels and public-private partnerships in Warsaw. Creative Cluster Development will be valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers in urban planning, regional studies, economic geography innovation studies and the creative and cultural industries.

The Power of Pragmatism Knowledge Production and Social Inquiry

The Power of Pragmatism Knowledge Production and Social Inquiry

Author: Malcolm Cutchin, Crispian Fuller Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2020

This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof, and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The Power of Pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry and knowledge production on behalf of achieving what Dewey called a sense for the better kind of life to be led. -- .

America's Suburban Centers The Land Use-Transportation Link

America's Suburban Centers The Land Use-Transportation Link

Author: Robert Cervero Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Originally published in 1989, America's Suburban Centers looks at how America's suburban workplaces are being increasingly designed for automobiles rather than people. The emergence of sprawling office complexes devoid of housing, shops and other facilities is giving rise to regional congestion problems because of the ever-greater dependence on automobiles. This book argues that the low-density, single-use, and non-integrated character of America's suburban centers is a root cause of declining levels of mobility and worsening traffic congestion.

Islands and Oceans Reimagining Sovereignty and Social Change

Islands and Oceans Reimagining Sovereignty and Social Change

Author: Sasha Davis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Sovereignty is a term used by stateless people seeking decolonization as well as by dominant social groups struggling to reassert their socially privileged positions. All sorts of political actors, it seems, are interested in sovereignty. It is less clear, however, just what the term means, and whether calls for sovereignty promote a politically progressive or conservative agenda. Examining how sovereignty functions allows us to better understand the dangers, promise, and limitations of relying on it as a political strategy. Islands and Oceans explores how struggles for decolonization, self- determination, and political rights permeate conceptualizations of how sovereignty operates. To support his theoretical claims, Sasha Davis works through a series of case studies, drawing on research that he conducted between 2013 and 2017 in Korea, Guam, Yap, Palau, the Northern Marianas, Hawai'i, and Honshu and Okinawa in Japan. Because of the hybridized and contested arrangements of sovereignty in these territories, these places are excellent sites to tease out some of the differences between official regimes of sovereignty and the actual control of social processes on the ground. In addition, analysis of the tensions and acute debates over sovereignty in these regions lays bare how sovereignty works as a process. Davis's study of these political cases within the Asia-Pacific region advances our understanding the nature of sovereignty more generally.

Mean Streets Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits of Capital

Mean Streets Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits of Capital

Author: Don Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The problem of homelessness in America underpins the definition of an American city: what it is, who it is for, what it does, and why it matters. And the problem of the American city is epitomized in public space. Mean Streets offers, in a single, sustained argument, a theory of the social and economic logic behind the historical development, evolution, and especially the persistence of homelessness in the contemporary American city. By updating and revisiting thirty years of research and thinking on this subject, Don Mitchell explores the conditions that produce and sustain homelessness and how its persistence relates to the way capital works in the urban built environment. He also addresses the historical and social origins that created the boundary between public and private. Consequently, he unpacks the structure, meaning, and governance of urban public space and its uses. Mitchell traces his argument through two sections: a broadly historical overview of how homelessness has been managed in public spaces, followed by an exploration of recent Supreme Court jurisprudence that expands our national discussion. Beyond the mere regulation of the homeless and the poor, homelessness has metastasized more recently, Mitchell argues, to become a general issue that affects all urbanites.

Islands and Oceans Reimagining Sovereignty and Social Change

Islands and Oceans Reimagining Sovereignty and Social Change

Author: Sasha Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Sovereignty is a term used by stateless people seeking decolonization as well as by dominant social groups struggling to reassert their socially privileged positions. All sorts of political actors, it seems, are interested in sovereignty. It is less clear, however, just what the term means, and whether calls for sovereignty promote a politically progressive or conservative agenda. Examining how sovereignty functions allows us to better understand the dangers, promise, and limitations of relying on it as a political strategy. Islands and Oceans explores how struggles for decolonization, self- determination, and political rights permeate conceptualizations of how sovereignty operates. To support his theoretical claims, Sasha Davis works through a series of case studies, drawing on research that he conducted between 2013 and 2017 in Korea, Guam, Yap, Palau, the Northern Marianas, Hawai'i, and Honshu and Okinawa in Japan. Because of the hybridized and contested arrangements of sovereignty in these territories, these places are excellent sites to tease out some of the differences between official regimes of sovereignty and the actual control of social processes on the ground. In addition, analysis of the tensions and acute debates over sovereignty in these regions lays bare how sovereignty works as a process. Davis's study of these political cases within the Asia-Pacific region advances our understanding the nature of sovereignty more generally.

Mean Streets Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits of Capital

Mean Streets Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits of Capital

Author: Don Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The problem of homelessness in America underpins the definition of an American city: what it is, who it is for, what it does, and why it matters. And the problem of the American city is epitomized in public space. Mean Streets offers, in a single, sustained argument, a theory of the social and economic logic behind the historical development, evolution, and especially the persistence of homelessness in the contemporary American city. By updating and revisiting thirty years of research and thinking on this subject, Don Mitchell explores the conditions that produce and sustain homelessness and how its persistence relates to the way capital works in the urban built environment. He also addresses the historical and social origins that created the boundary between public and private. Consequently, he unpacks the structure, meaning, and governance of urban public space and its uses. Mitchell traces his argument through two sections: a broadly historical overview of how homelessness has been managed in public spaces, followed by an exploration of recent Supreme Court jurisprudence that expands our national discussion. Beyond the mere regulation of the homeless and the poor, homelessness has metastasized more recently, Mitchell argues, to become a general issue that affects all urbanites.

The Cultural Politics of Urban Development in South Korea Art, Memory and Urban Boosterism in Gwangju

The Cultural Politics of Urban Development in South Korea Art, Memory and Urban Boosterism in Gwangju

Author: HaeRan (Seoul National University, South Korea) Shin Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2020

This book analyses the cultural politics of urban development in Gwangju, South Korea, and illustrates the implementation of state-led arts-based urban boosterism efforts in the context of political trauma and the desire for economic growth. The book explores urban development that is complicated by the recent history of democratic uprising in Gwangju, and it examines the dichotomy between cities as growth machines and progressive cities. Actor-oriented qualitative research methods are used to show how culture and economies can evolve from territorial conflicts. The author argues that the quest for both growth and social justice can coexist in intertwined ways and create urban development. Moreover, recent events in Gwangju, such as the May 18 Democratic Uprising and massacre, are shown to act as a backdrop for state-led urban boosterism and desire for economic growth at the same time as depicting a resistance to state-corporate marketing plans, which culminates in the eventual emergence of relatively coherent places-of-memory. These convergences and divergences are comparable to the urban boosterism characteristic of Western cities. The book contributes to the dialogue surrounding geography, urban studies, and postcolonial urban development, and will be of interest to academics working in these fields as well as human geography, planning, urban politics and East Asian studies.

Comparative Analysis of Urban Morphology Urban Form and Future Perspectives in Nanjing and Algiers City

Comparative Analysis of Urban Morphology Urban Form and Future Perspectives in Nanjing and Algiers City

Author: Guoping Xiong, Mohamed Lamine Cheddah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2020

This book proposes a comparative analysis between the urban forms of Algiers and Nanjing. It underscores the different evolutions of the two cities and explains the relation between their spatial structures and the major urban issues they are currently facing. Moreover, it explores the similarities in and differences between their physical structures in order to provide an accurate description of the type and extent of their growth.The book employs a qualitative and quantitative approach and combines a range of morphological methods such as historico-geographical, spatial configuration (space syntax), typo-morphological, remote sensing and cellular automata in order to extensively explore the urban issues that Algiers and Nanjing are now experiencing. This approach can be a helpful role model in the field of spatial and geometrical analysis of cities, which is often complex and a source of ambiguity for researchers. Moreover, the approach will help readers understand the place and the exact role of the different urban issue's components, thus to appreciate the signifying or instigating side.

After Childhood Re-thinking Environment, Materiality and Media in Children's Lives

After Childhood Re-thinking Environment, Materiality and Media in Children's Lives

Author: Peter (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) Kraftl Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2020

This book offers a new approach for theorising and undertaking childhood research. It combines insights from childhood and generational studies with object-oriented ontologies, new materialisms, critical race and gender theories to address a range of key, intractable challenges facing children and young people. Bringing together traditional social-scientific research methods with techniques from digital media studies, archaeology, environmental nanoscience and the visual arts, After Childhood: Re-thinking Environment, Materiality and Media in Children's Lives presents a way of doing childhood research that sees children move in and out of focus. In doing so, children and their experiences are not completely displaced; rather, new perspectives on concerns facing children around the world are unravelled which dominant approaches to childhood studies have not yet fully addressed. The book draws on the author's detailed case studies from his research in historical and geographical contexts. Examples range from British children's engagement with plastics, energy and other matter, to the positioning of diverse Brazilian young people in environmental and resource challenges, and from archaeological evidence about childhoods in the USA and Europe to the global circulation of children's toys through digital media. The book will appeal to human geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, education studies scholars and others working in the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies, as well as to anyone looking for a range of novel, interdisciplinary frames for thinking about childhood.

Broken Cities Inside the Global Housing Crisis

Broken Cities Inside the Global Housing Crisis

Author: Deborah Potts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2020

From Britain's 'Generation Rent' to Hong Kong's notorious 'cage homes', societies around the world are facing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. The social consequences have been profound, with a lack of affordable housing resulting in overcrowding, homelessness, broken families and, in many countries, a sharp decline in fertility. In Broken Cities, Deborah Potts offers a provocative new perspective on the global housing crisis. Rather than failures by governments to provide adequate low-income housing, Potts shows how the issues have resulted from the rise of free market economics, which has suppressed wages for millions of workers to levels far less than is needed for their families - compounded by the profit incentives of private developers. Potts in turn argues that the crisis needs radical solutions, including the introduction of a basic income alongside a dramatic expansion of public housing. With the world becoming increasingly urbanized, this book provides a timely and urgent account of one of the most pressing social challenges of the 21st century. Exploring the effects of the housing crisis across the global North and South, Broken Cities is a warning of the greater crises to come if these issues are not addressed.