Geographical EssayseBook - 2002
Understanding geography as the study of how human beings reshape their environment, these six essays explore issues of the relationship between geography and the notion of progress. Topics include the recognition of progress in the non-human world, modernity's impact on the meaning of progress, and the relationship of moral progress in connection to democratic places. The papers were selected by Sack (geography and integrated liberal studies, U. of Wisconsin) from a workshop held at the U. of Wisconsin in 1998. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
"The connection between geography and progress is fundamental," writes Robert Sack in the introduction to the present volume. Touching on both moral and material progress, six of the world's leading geographers and environmental historians explore differing aspects of this connection. Thomas Vale discusses whether progress is discernible in the natural realm; Kenneth Olwig examines fundamental changes that occurred to the notion of progress with the rise of modernity, while David Lowenthal and Yi-Fu Tuan discuss recent geographical changes that have resulted in an increasing societal disenchantment and anxiety. Nicholas Entrikin looks at progress as "moral perfectibility, and its connection to democratic places," a theme which Robert Sack further explores by prescribing ways in which geographers and citizens can evaluate and create places that increase our awareness of reality in its variety and complexity.
Contributors: J. Nicholas Entrikin, University of California-Los Angeles; David Lowenthal, University College, London; Kenneth Olwig, University in Trondheim, Norway; Robert David Sack, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Thomas R. Vale, University of Wisconsin-Madison.