What is Geography? Second Edition (Lanham, Rowman and Littlefield), 2023
Fully revised and expanded, with new material throughout and a new chapter on ‘The Future of Geography’
Geographers are everywhere. Mapping and location apps have created a generation of geo-geeks and environmental and international questions make up the media surround sound of our daily lives. My answer to the question ‘What is geography?’ is straightforward: geography is the world discipline. It is not just another slot in the curriculum but one of humanity’s big projects, reflecting our need for knowledge of people and places both near and far. These agendas were pressing when I wrote the first edition. Now they depict an emergency.
In this updated and expanded edition of What is Geography? environmental questions, environmental crisis, and the fast pace of global change, loom large. Our shared experience of living through a pandemic has confronted us with our shared vulnerability but also our interdependency. The fact that none of us are safe until we are all safe is a mantra of health care professionals promoting global vaccine roll-out but it has wider implications. It points towards another theme that has been developed in this revised edition, social justice. Inequality is geographically expressed and organized: it shapes where you live, where you feel safe as well as which communities and which nations are poor and which are not.
“I cannot imagine a better guide to the transition between school and undergraduate geography than this short, informative and confidently-argued book. Written without fuss but based on solid learning and clear thinking, it tackles head-on a question many professional academic geographers would rather avoid.”
– Alisdair Rogers, University of Oxford
“A beautiful little book that helps to introduce the core concepts of geography and provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge and academia.”
– Stefan Zimmermann, University of Osnabruck
How to Argue: A Students Guide: Fourth Edition (London, Sage), 2023
Updated new edition of key student text.
How to Argue will banish fears and confusion felt by students demonstrating their ability to argue. Packed with tried and tested advice, this book will guide them through the techniques of forming an academic argument, from contradictions and tensions, to empirical adequacy, structure and presentation.