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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Gender
Gender
David Nally
Introduction

In December 2012, during one of his most important speeches of the year, Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the world's largest Christian organization, announced that a person's sexuality and gender identity is God-given and unalterable. ‘People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being’, the Pope declared before a rapt Vatican audience. ‘They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.’ As it turns out the Pope's admonition was directed at gay couples and activists whose efforts to legalize homosexual marriage constituted what he described as a grave ...

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