Economic and Social Geography

Economic and Social Geography

4th Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Authors: R. Knowles, J. Wareing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141534

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Economic and Social Geography reviews developments in the study of economic and social geography and brings together in a single volume work which is dispersed in many specialist textbooks. An attempt has been made to achieve a balance between oversimplification and over-elaboration, and to present essential concepts in a clear, concise manner. The book contains 25 chapters organized into five parts. Part One deals with the study of economic and social geography, including approaches to the study of human geography and environmental perception and behavior. Part Two on population geography covers topics such as population geography, population change, and population growth. Part Three on economic geography includes discussions of transportation, agriculture, and mineral resources. Part Four on settlement geography examines urbanization, the internal structure of towns and cities, and rural settlement. Part Five is devoted to urban and rural planning, problems of economic development, and resources. This book, together with its companion volume, Physical Geography Made Simple, should be of value to a variety of people. First, to those who are coming to academic geography for the first time, especially to those studying for GCE Advanced Level or ONC/OND examinations. It should also provide a concise introduction to first-year courses in further and higher education, including degree courses with a geography component, HNC/HND, and Certificate in Education courses.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Part One: The Study of Economic and Social Geography

    1 Man and Environment

    Current Approaches to Human Geography

    Man and Environment


    Suggested Further Reading

    2 Environmental Perception and Behavior

    Environmental Perception

    Environmental Preferences

    Evaluating the Environment

    Decision-Making and Behavior

    Perception and Planning


    Suggested Further Reading

    3 Spatial Organization

    Spatial Patterns

    The Spatial Environment


    Suggested Further Reading

    4 Theory in Human Geography

    Applying the Methods of Science


    Suggested Further Reading

    Part Two: Population Geography

    5 Population Distribution

    Sources of Population Data

    World Distribution of Population

    Influences on Population Distribution

    Measures of Population Density and Distribution


    Suggested Further Reading

    6 Components of Population Change





    Suggested Further Reading

    7 Population Composition

    Age Structure

    Sex Composition

    Ethnic Composition

    Occupational Structure


    Suggested Further Reading

    8 Population Growth

    Population Projections and Estimates

    World Population Growth

    Population Growth: Attitudes and Interpretations

    Population and Resources


    Suggested Further Reading

    Part Three: Economic Geography

    9 Transport: Adjusting Space by Reducing Economic Distance

    Transport Costs and Economic Distance


    Suggested Further Reading

    10 Transport: Flows and Networks

    Flow Theory

    The Development of the Network of Interchange

    Current Flows of International Trade

    Network Analysis


    Suggested Further Reading

    11 Agriculture: Process and Pattern

    Physical Influences on Agriculture

    Social and Economic Influences on Agriculture

    The Pattern of World Agriculture


    Suggested Further Reading

    12 Agriculture: Theory and Analysis

    A Theory of Agricultural Location

    Game Theory

    The Diffusion Of Innovation

    Classification and Regionalization


    Suggested Further Reading

    13 Mineral Resources and their Exploitation

    The Mode of Occurrence of Minerals

    Factors Influencing Mining Activity

    The Effects of Mining on Landscape


    Suggested Further Reading

    14 Energy Resources: Fuel and Power

    Energy Consumption and Standards of Living

    Capital and Income Energy

    Sources of Supply and Demand

    The Transport of Energy

    Choosing an Energy Supply


    Suggested Further Reading

    15 The Location of Industry

    Finding the Location of Industry

    Explaining the Location of Industry

    The Dynamic Element in Location


    Suggested Further Reading 1

    16 Industrial Location Theory

    The Search for Order

    Order and Theory

    Finding the Optimum Location

    Location and Behavior


    Suggested Further Reading

    Part Four: Settlement Geography

    17 Urbanization

    What is a Town?

    The City in History: Origins and Dispersals

    Modern Accelerated Urbanization

    The Pre-Industrial City

    The Classification of Towns and Cities


    Suggested Further Reading

    18 The Size and Spacing of Cities

    The Rank-Size Rule

    The Law of the Primate City

    Urban Hierarchies

    Central Place Theory


    Suggested Further Reading

    19 The Internal Structure of Towns and Cities

    The Land Value Surface

    The Central Business District

    Residential Areas

    Industry in the City

    Theories of Urban Structure


    Suggested Further Reading

    20 City and Region

    The Urban Economic Base

    Delimitation of the Urban Field

    The Size and Shape of Urban Fields

    Relationships between Urban Fields

    Urban Fields and Local Government Boundaries


    Suggested Further Reading

    21 Rural Settlement and Society

    Aspects of Village Settlement Study

    Rural Depopulation

    Urbanization of Rural Settlements


    Suggested Further Reading

    Part Five: Geography and Planning

    22 Urban and Rural Planning

    Urban Planning

    Rural Planning


    Suggested Further Reading

    23 Problems of Economic Development: Differences Between Countries

    Regional Inequalities

    Regional Analysis

    Regional Policy: Why Governments Intervene

    Regional Policy: How Governments Intervene

    Regional Policy in Britain


    Suggested Further Reading

    24 Problems of Economic Development: Differences Between Countries

    Differences between Countries

    Developing the Underdeveloped Countries


    Suggested Further Reading

    25 The Problem of Resources

    The Nature of Resources

    The Problem of Supply and Demand

    The Problem of Waste and Pollution

    Planning Resource Use


    Suggested Further Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Made Simple 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Made Simple
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141534

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R. Knowles

J. Wareing

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