Download American Space American Place: Geographies of the by John Agnew, Jonathan M. Smith PDF

By John Agnew, Jonathan M. Smith

First released in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

Show description

Read Online or Download American Space American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States PDF

Similar urban books

Cities and Urban Cultures (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies)

*What is exact approximately city existence? *What key traits have formed the modern urban? *How have town and concrete cultures been defined by means of sociology and cultural reports? this can be the 1st ebook to discover towns and concrete existence from the views of either sociology and cultural concept. via an interdisciplinary process and use of case fabric, the booklet demonstrates that the 'real' urban of physicality and fight and the 'imagined' urban of representations are entwined within the building of city cultures.

Vegetable Gardening 101

Start growing to be scrumptious, fit meals think stepping out your kitchen door past on a summer season morning. The sunlight is impressive, the air is wet and clean, and the warmth hasn't but all started to construct. You wander via your personal designated position. .. the backyard. And what do your wondrous eyes behold? A fats, juicy, crimson tomato!

Street Level: Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century

Within the latter a part of the C20th, a sequence of seminal books have been written which tested l. a. by way of the likes of Reyner Banham, Mike Davis, Edward Soja, Allen Scott, Michael pricey, Frederick Jameson, Umberto Eco, Bernard-Henri Levy, and Jean Baudrillard which were highly influential in puzzling over towns extra greatly.

Remote Sensing Applications for the Urban Environment

Land use and land hide alterations linked to elevated urbanization have ended in panorama and environmental adjustments during the international. distant Sensing purposes for the city atmosphere locations emphasis at the fast improvement of globally urbanization and its effect at the atmosphere, and studies the evaluate of city land hide stipulations utilizing distant sensing info.

Additional info for American Space American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States

Example text

Finally, in heroic nature it was nature that saved humans from the corruption of artifice, whereas in abused nature it is human artifice, in the form of science and technology, that saves nature from corruption. In the United States at the end of the twentieth century, iconic places of abused nature began to invert the original poetics of heroic nature in this way. This is evident in the genesis and development of one particular icon of abused nature, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. As I’m sure nearly every student who took environmental studies courses in the 1970s was told, the Cuyahoga was the river that burned.

It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor wasteland. It was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth . . ” (Thoreau 1906: 71, 78). These lines express as well as any the persistent American prejudice that true places of nature are places apart, anti-landscapes that should be pristine, unspoiled, and free of human artifacts. A place of nature in America was properly spectacular and pristine, because these qualities convey the wild element in the poetic form of heroic nature.

The quality of the earth’s surface as human habitation is highly uneven, and although all human groups have shown remarkable ingenuit y in making the most of their allotment, this fundamental environmental inequalit y has contributed to even grosser inequalities of productivit y and wealth between human societies. “All human societies contain inventive people,” physiologist Jared Diamond writes, “it’s just that some environments provide more starting material, and more favorable conditions for utilizing inventions, than do other environments” (Diamond 1997: 408).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.11 of 5 – based on 21 votes