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Cultural Encounters with the Environment

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Chapter 1 Introduction: Encounters with Environment and Place Part 2 Part I: Constructing Cultural Spaces Chapter 3 Domestic Architecture in Early Colonial Mexico: Material Culture as (Sub)Text Chapter 4 The Clash of Utopias: Sisterdale and the Six-Sided Struggle for the Texas Hill Country Chapter 5 The Struggle for Urban Public Spaces: Disposing of the Toronto Waterfront in the Nineteenth Century Chapter 6 Place Your Bets: Rates in Frontier Expansion in American History, 1650-1890 Part 7 Part II: Remaking the Environment Chapter 8 Wittfogel East and West: Changing Perspectives on Water Development in South Asia and the United States, 1670-2000 Chapter 9 Wetlands as Conserved Landscapes in the United States Chapter 10 Navigability of American Waters: Resolving Conflict through Applied Historical Geography Chapter 11 Environmental History: From the Conquest to the Rescue of Nature Part 12 Part III: Claiming Places Chapter 13 Place Metaphor and Milieu in Hemingway's Fiction Chapter 14 Cultural and Medical Geography: Evolution, Convergence, and Innovation Chapter 15 Language and Identity in Russia's National Homelands: Urban-Rural Contrasts Chapter 16 Sharing Sacred Space in the Holy Land Chapter 17 An Absence of Place: Expectation and Realization in the West Bank Chapter 18 Conclusion: Contemplating Enduring Themes and Future Trajectories Chapter 19 Epilogue: Each Particular Place: Culture and Geography Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Contributors

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Alexander B. Murphy is professor of geography and holds the Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. Douglas L. Johnson is professor of geography at Clark University.


A large audience will find the book useful as well as absorbing and provocative. This is an impressive document: scholarly, informative, and literate. -- Everett G. Smith, Jr., University of Oregon The Murphy and Johnson volume stands out as being singularly important, and though it will be read by cultural geographers, it should be read by practitioners from other sub-disciplines as well, particularly those who have been less than impressed, and terribly enamored, of cultural geography in the past. There is much to be learned from this volume, in no small way because it involves contributions by the best cultural geographers. * Economic Geography * The collection does not contain a flat article. The papers in this collection make a genuine effort to bring their words to a level of understanding that will cause future encounters with the environment to gain some new meaning if good cultural geography is practiced and applied in response to such encounters. * Annals of the Association of American Geographers * It should go without saying that all cultural geographers should read this book. Portions will be of interest to other geographers as well as scholars in other fields. Both the editors and the publisher should be commended. * Progress In Human Geography * The individual papers chosen by the editors are both meritorious and variously interesting. * Historical Geography * The quality of the essays is high, and they make important contributions to scholarship in cultural geography. -- Mona Domosh, Florida Atlantic University

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