Neo-Environmental Determinism

Geographical Critiques

Authors: Meyer, William B., Guss, Dylan M.T.

  • Synthesizes geography’s overall experience with environmental determinism
  • Offers useful lessons for those interested in nature-society relations
  • Critiques currently popular neo-determinist writings
  • Explores geography’s distinctive position vis-à-vis environmental determinism
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About this book

This book pulls together major critiques of contemporary attempts to explain nature-society relations in an environmentally deterministic way. After defining key terms, it reviews the history of environmental determinism’s rise and fall within geography in the early twentieth century. It discusses the key reasons for the doctrine’s rejection and presents alternative, non-deterministic frameworks developed within geography for analyzing the roles played by the environment in human affairs. The authors examine the rise in recent decades of neo-deterministic approaches to such issues as the demarcation of regions, the causes of civilizational collapse in prehistory, today’s globally uneven patterns of human well-being, and the consequences of human-induced climate change. In each case, the authors draw on the insights and approaches of geography, the academic discipline most conversant with the interactions of society and environment, to challenge the widespread acceptance that such approaches have won. The book will appeal to those working on human-environmental research, international development and global policy initiatives.

About the authors

William B. Meyer is Associate Professor of Geography at Colgate University, USA. He is the author of several previous books, including Human Impact on the Earth, Americans and Their Weather: A History, and The Progressive Environmental Prometheans. His research interests include urban geography, environmental history, and the history of environmental thought.

Dylan M.T. Guss works in the technology investment sector.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Meyer, William B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Environmental Determinism: What Is It?

    Meyer, William B. (et al.)

    Pages 5-13

  • Environmental Determinism: What Was It?

    Meyer, William B. (et al.)

    Pages 15-28

  • Environment as Determinant vs. Environment as Irrelevant? A False Dichotomy and an Alternative

    Meyer, William B. (et al.)

    Pages 29-37

  • Neo-Environmental Determinism

    Meyer, William B. (et al.)

    Pages 39-96

Buy this book

eBook £29.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54232-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £37.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54231-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neo-Environmental Determinism
Book Subtitle
Geographical Critiques
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54232-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54232-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54231-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 117
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