International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

2nd Edition - November 29, 2019

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Audrey Kobayashi
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081022955
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022962

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International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Second Edition, Fourteen Volume Set embraces diversity by design and captures the ways in which humans share places and view differences based on gender, race, nationality, location and other factors—in other words, the things that make people and places different. Questions of, for example, politics, economics, race relations and migration are introduced and discussed through a geographical lens. This updated edition will assist readers in their research by providing factual information, historical perspectives, theoretical approaches, reviews of literature, and provocative topical discussions that will stimulate creative thinking.

Key Features

  • Presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage on the topic of human geography
  • Contains extensive scope and depth of coverage
  • Emphasizes how geographers interact with, understand and contribute to problem-solving in the contemporary world
  • Places an emphasis on how geography is relevant in a social and interdisciplinary context


Researchers, teachers, and students of geography, sociology and social science. Those in cognate disciplines, including cultural studies, development studies, gender studies, economics, health studies, planning, political science, sociology; members of the media and the arts; policy makers

Table of Contents

  • The second edition contains approximately 800 articles which are structured around the following themes:

    Cultural: Topics include: cultural geography; cultural theory; cultural studies; postcolonial geographies; indigenous geographies; education; ethnicity; geography and religion; geography and the humanities; geography and the media (film, print, creative industries); popular culture; more-than-human representations

    Economic: Topics include: economic development; economic theories; spatial theories; urban economic geography; economic inequalities; housing; industrial geography; geographies of labor and job provision; transportation and communication; technology; world trade and trade policies; modernization and global economies; neoliberalism

    Historical: Topics include: Landscape development; Historical representations/re-presentations/more-than-representations; Histories of the discipline; Historical geographies of political/conflict/border-making events; Historical GIS; Institutional historical geographies; Political economies; Colonialism and imperialism

    Health: Topics include: health geography; medical geography; geographies of care; emotional geographies/geographies of mental health; therapeutic places; health care systems and institutions; healthcare policies; critical disability studies; epidemics and pandemics; international health aid; health and development; health and the built environment

    Methods: Topics include: Cartography; methodology/paradigms; digital technologies; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; ethics and methods; surveys; GIS; participatory research

    Nature/Society: Topics include: theories of nature; human/society and nature relations; climate change; natural disasters; energy issues; rural geographies; recreational geographies; non-human geographies; Anthropocene; environmental racism

    Political/Philosophy: Topics include: Geopolitics; human rights; neoliberalism; political theory; international security; borders and boundaries; electoral geographies; public policy; governance; peace and conflict; politics of religion; political migration; international relations; international conventions; electoral geography

    Population: Topics include: population growth and distribution; demographic change; digital technologies for population representation; migration; refugees; population and development; population and warfare/religion/governance; geographies of aging; globalization; racialization; gender

    Social: Topics include: social relations; difference; multiculturalism; race and racism; feminist geographies; radical geographies; relevance and social issues; urban social geography; social theories; housing and social services

    Urban: Topics include: What is urban?; urban historical geography; urban ecology; crime and policing; residential development, including segregation; urban models

Product details

  • No. of pages: 7242
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: November 29, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081022955
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022962

About the Editor in Chief

Audrey Kobayashi

Audrey Kobayashi is a native of British Columbia, with a B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1978) from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD (1983) at UCLA, and PhD research study (Monbusho Scholarship) at the University of Kyoto (1980−1982); taught in Geography and East Asian Studies at McGill University (1983−1994), then Queen’s University, initially as Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (1994−1999) and thereafter as Professor of Geography; appointed Queen’s Research Chair in 2005; visiting professorships include the University of British Columbia, University College London, Canterbury University, New Zealand; Fulbright Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC (1994); elected positions include President of the Canadian Association of Geographers (1999−2001), President of the Association of American Geographers (2010−2011); appointed to the Royal Society of Canada; awards include Lifetime Achievement Awards of the CAG, AAG, and Ethnic Geography Study Group, AAG Presidential Achievement Award, Aspen Institute Scholarship, several teaching awards; over 100 publications and numerous grants, with research focusing on migration, racism, employment equity and human rights, and the history and philosophy of geography. Dr Kobayashi has held many editorial responsibilities, including a number of books and special issues; ten years as human geography editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2002−2011); numerous editorial boards; and most recently human geography editor of the American Association of Geographers International Encyclopedia of Geography (Wiley-Blackwell 2017). She has contributed articles to the previous edition of HUGY, to the Sage Encyclopedia, and to numerous handbooks and companions

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

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