This text offers readers a short and highly accessible account of the ideas and concepts constituting geography. Drawing out the key themes that define the subject, What is Geography? demonstrates how and why these themes - like environment and geopolitics- are of fundamental importance. Including discussion of both the human and the natural realms, the text looks at key themes like environment, space, and place - as well as geography's methods and the history of the discipline.Introductory but not simplified, What is Geography? will provide students with the ability to understand the history and context of the subject without any prior knowledge. Intended Audience: Designed as a key transitional text for students entering undergraduate courses, this book will be of interest to all readers interested in and intrigued by the "geographical imagination."
Chapter 3: Geographical Obsessions: Urbanisation and Mobility
Geographical Obsessions: Urbanisation and Mobility
The twin pillars of modern geography are environmental and international knowledge. However, geographers have a number of more specific obsessions. None are more important than the two processes I shall be looking at in this chapter, urbanisation and mobility. Both have ancient roots. Both also reflect two of the most powerful social dynamics of the modern age, the rise of cities and the growth of large-scale international migration.
Urbanisation and mobility are projects and problems that lie at the heart of what used to be called the ‘rise of civilisations’ and is now, increasingly, depicted as the formation of global modernites. In this chapter I shall be charting the rise of the ‘modern urban view point’; a ...