• Regional geography
      October 2011

      Rural Wales in the Twenty-First Century

      Society, Economy and Environment

      by Paul Milbourne (Editor)

      The book explores the complex and shifting geographies of rural Wales in the twenty first century. It draws on a broad range of recent academic and policy research to provide the most comprehensive and critical account of the spaces, places and environments of rural Wales to date. The book highlights recent processes of change as well as important continuities with the past. It also indicates the ways in which the contemporary geographies of rural Wales are bound up with rather complex connections between society, culture, economy and environment. The book consists of 16 specially commissioned chapters written by human geographers and sociologists with considerable expertise in rural studies. It is structured around five main themes. The first is concerned with society and community and explores changing rural demographics, the cultural impacts of in-migration, alternative communities and community action in rural Wales. The second theme is economy and employment, with chapters on labour markets, the eco-economy, migrant workers and market towns. The focus of the third theme is farming and food and the changing agri-food agenda in Wales. Welfare and services constitutes the fourth theme of the book with attention given to poverty and community responses to service provision in rural areas. The final theme of the book is environment, which is explored through discussions of environmental sustainability and the post-productivist turn in forestry. The book uses these accounts of the social, economic and environmental geographies of rural Wales to provide a broader critique of rural geography and rural studies in the UK and other developed countries.

    • Adventure
      April 2013

      General Yamashita's Dream Book: How To Successfully Find Hidden Treasure In The Philippines

      General Yamashita's Dream Book:

      by Aquila Chrysaetos

      This exciting book describes the way in which the Japanese Imperial Family buried vast amounts of treasure in the Philippines during the Second World War. The author has written a book based on his own treasure hunting experiences and created a "How To Do" book so any adventurer can now treasure hunt for lost gold and gems in the Philippines. This book is packed with: 19 sections including a quick reference A to Z guide to Japanese Treasure Symbol meanings. 100 colour drawings of known treasure sites 150 colour photographs of carved treasure symbols, treasure maps and recovered gold and gems. 70 black and white photographs and drawings

    • Regional geography
      June 2015

      Cultivating the Heart

      Feeling and emotion in twelth and thirteenth century texts

      by Ayoush Lazikani

      Cultivating the Heart examines the nurturance of feeling – especially the intertwined affective stirrings of compassion, love, and sorrow – in a range of religious texts from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These texts encourage, stimulate, define and attempt to express the ‘cultivation of hearts’, an image inspired by Part VII of Ancrene Wisse, whereby readers and audiences of the texts nurture a range of sophisticated ‘affective literacies’. In addition to extensive analysis of English, Latin and Anglo-Norman texts, this book makes substantial reference to the affective strategies of wall paintings in parish churches, demonstrating how the affective strategies of wall paintings cannot be perceived as inferior to or irreconcilable with the affective import of textual media.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2015

      Rocks of nation

      The imagination of Celtic Cornwall

      by Shelley Trower

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2015

      Rocks of nation

      The imagination of Celtic Cornwall

      by Shelley Trower

    • Geography & the Environment
      July 2008

      Natural Environment and Culture in the Mediterranean Region

      by Editor(s): Recep Efe, Georges Cravins, Munir Ozturk and Ibrahim Atalay

      The largest of the world's five Mediterranean-climate regions and one of the largest archipelagos in the world, the Mediterranean Basin is located at the intersection of two major landmasses, Eurasia and Africa, which contributes to its cultural and high biodiversity. Although much of the hotspot was once covered by a dense cover of forests, the Basin has experienced intensive human development and impact on its ecosystems for at least 8000 years, significantly longer than any other hotspot. The greatest impacts have been deforestation, habitat fragmentation, intensive grazing and fires, and infrastructure development, especially on the coast, which have distinctly altered the landscape. The agricultural lands, evergreen woodlands and maquis habitats dominating the basin are the result of these disturbances over several millennia. Many of the endemic species are narrow endemics, being confined to very small areas, and thus are extremely vulnerable to the anthropogenic pressures. Probably more species have gone extinct here than in any other hotspot. At present approximately 300 million people live here and water shortages and desertification will be the serious problems in the near future. Tourism is placing a significant pressure on the coastal ecosystems. The construction of infrastructure and the direct impacts of people using and trampling sensitive dune ecosystems remains a key threat to coastal areas. In view of the valuable natural heritage there is a great need for weighing our ecological impact in order to achieve a balance between biodiversity conservation and human development and above all, how to maintain traditional rural livelihoods in a way that benefits biodiversity. The changes in the atmosphere, geomorphological processes, and most natural cycles involving a biomass of any substantial size denote the arrival of a new geological period the "Anthropocene". We the humans are actively changing the overall conditions of our existence by terraforming the earth, changing the overall patterns of basic life systems in the process of remaking our specific contexts, not least to supposedly secure our modes of life. This book is thus synthesizing knowledge from many disciplines to throw some light on the unpredictability of forthcoming changes.

    • Interdisciplinary studies
      August 2015

      Geography of Crime in China since the Economic Reform of 1978

      A Multi-scale Analysis

      by Author(s): Yijing Li

      China has seen dramatic social changes since the Economic Reform of 1978; however, the economic upsurge and rapid urbanization present a two-edged sword, with the consequence of more challenging crime problems. This book presents an analysis of criminal issues in China from a geographic perspective, utilizing both spatio-temporal analysis and qualitative techniques at multiple spatial and temporal scales. It pays particularly close attention to a pilot study in Shenzhen city, testing the applicability of theories developed in Western society to the Chinese context. As such, this book is not merely a piece of research work, but rather a systematic overview of Chinese national crime issues.

    • Regional geography
      December 2014

      Solway Country

      Land, Life and Livelihood in the Western Border Region of England and Scotland

      by Author(s): Allen J. Scott

      The Solway Country – the lands surrounding the inner Solway Firth – constitutes one of the many small regional worlds of the British Isles that are remarkable for the ways in which their landscapes evoke a powerful sense of territorial identity rooted not only in their physical appeal, but also in the richness and distinctiveness of their human history and geography. The Solway Country is an archetypical but hitherto little known exemplar of places like these.This book captures the spirit and substance of the Solway Country’s allure by means of a series of layered narratives dealing with its natural milieu, its past social and political turmoil, its changing forms of rural and agrarian life, and its responses to the industrial and urban forces that were unleashed in Britain after the eighteenth century. The Solway Country has the added charm of being partly in England and partly in Scotland, so that its personality partakes of elements of both. At the same time, the region exhibits a composite geographic unity derived from the central physical feature of the Solway Firth itself and from the many common aspects of local life and livelihood that have left deep imprints on the landscape. This unity is expressed symbolically in the peculiar hybrid culture of ballads and songs that emerged alongside the theft, murder, and mayhem that raged in the Anglo-Scottish marchlands in the days of the border reivers.

    • Regional geography
      December 2014

      Solway Country

      Land, Life and Livelihood in the Western Border Region of England and Scotland

      by Author(s): Allen J. Scott

      The Solway Country – the lands surrounding the inner Solway Firth – constitutes one of the many small regional worlds of the British Isles that are remarkable for the ways in which their landscapes evoke a powerful sense of territorial identity rooted not only in their physical appeal, but also in the richness and distinctiveness of their human history and geography. The Solway Country is an archetypical but hitherto little known exemplar of places like these.This book captures the spirit and substance of the Solway Country’s allure by means of a series of layered narratives dealing with its natural milieu, its past social and political turmoil, its changing forms of rural and agrarian life, and its responses to the industrial and urban forces that were unleashed in Britain after the eighteenth century. The Solway Country has the added charm of being partly in England and partly in Scotland, so that its personality partakes of elements of both. At the same time, the region exhibits a composite geographic unity derived from the central physical feature of the Solway Firth itself and from the many common aspects of local life and livelihood that have left deep imprints on the landscape. This unity is expressed symbolically in the peculiar hybrid culture of ballads and songs that emerged alongside the theft, murder, and mayhem that raged in the Anglo-Scottish marchlands in the days of the border reivers.

    • Literary studies: general
      November 2017

      Arctic Modernities

      The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday

      by Editor(s): Heidi Hansson, Anka Ryall

      Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. However, the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. The chapters in this volume examine the modern Arctic from all these perspectives. They demonstrate to what extent the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic. They also investigate the extent to which the traditions of heroic Arctic images – whether these traditions are affirmed, contested or repudiated – have continued to shape, influence and inform modern discourses. Sometimes the Arctic is seen as synonymous with modernity itself. Sometimes it appears as a utopian space signalling a different future. However, it still often represents the continued survival within modernity of the past as nostalgia, longing, dream and myth.

    • Education
      November 2009

      Thinking European(s)

      New Geographies of Place, Cultures and Identities

      by Editor(s): Margaret Keane and Maria Villanueva

      Unthinking prejudice is a major challenge in an ever-changing, pluralist Europe where local and global identities intermingle and contested pasts clash. The new geographies constructed in response to this are at the core of Thinking European(s). It has been written to bring these geographies alive and to foster active and reflective citizens who are able to work productively within Europe’s changing cultural environment. This integrated work provides a framework to stimulate students’ critical thinking and to prompt reflection. It seeks to stir geographical imaginations through case studies carried out in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The authors of Thinking European(s) cross cultures, religions, languages, genders, ideologies and political boundaries; they stress dialogue, negotiation and value multiple geographical knowledges. University teachers and undergraduates will find Thinking European(s) a valuable resource for courses on Europe, Regional Geography, European Integration, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Studies or Area Studies.

    • Regional geography
      April 2018

      Processes of Immigration in Rural Europe

      The Status Quo, Implications and Development Strategies

      by Editor(s): Stefan Kordel, Tobias Weidinger, Igor Jelen

      Contemporary immigration processes, such as forced migration and labour-induced mobility, as well as lifestyle and leisure-oriented movements, increasingly affect areas in Europe that are considered as peripheral or rural. This edited collection sheds light on the diversity of in-migration, its specific implications for development and strategies for coping. Contributions from various sub-disciplines of the social sciences, including human and cultural geography, sociology and spatial planning with different regional foci, encourage theoretical discussions, enhancing empirical knowledge and providing stimuli for practitioners involved in migration and development issues.The structure of the volume therefore follows four main themes: (1) conceptual reflections on immigration to peripheral rural areas and development prospects; (2) patterns and types of immigration processes, drawing on various case studies from all over Europe; (3) realms of integration: namely, housing, economy and social life; (4) immigration management with a special emphasis on regional and local strategies, undertaken by policy-makers, the private sector and civil society.

    • Regional geography
      May 2015

      Connections, Mobilities, Urban Prospects and Environmental Threats

      The Mediterranean in Transition

      by Editor(s): Theano S. Terkenli, Annick Douguédroit, Louis F. Cassar

      This volume provides specialized insights into selected Mediterranean geographies, such as info-communication technologies, tourism, urbanization and climate change threats, with a focus on emerging and often overlooked issues, in light of the impact of current trends of globalization and the financial ‘crisis’, in the broader context of contemporary world processes of environmental change and accelerated human mobility.Specifically, the book contains sections on emergent and increasingly significant or highly innovative issues specific to the Mediterranean, often providing alternative perspectives on various pressing issues, such as the northward shift of climatic types; littoralisation processes and urbanization trends; tourism growth problems; human exposure to environmental stresses; and the boom in info-communication technologies. As such this book provides new insights into a region that has absorbed the sustained impact of human growth in precarious environments, often at the interface of many worlds, co-existing at various states of development and inter-scalar or cross-border interrelationships.This volume does not cover every aspect of the human and physical geographies of the Mediterranean region, but rather addresses contemporary issues of increasing significance to the Mediterranean, with an emphasis on emergent and pressing issues, as well as new perspectives or methods of approach, of special relevance to the Mediterranean.The core of contributions to this volume originated from an initiative undertaken by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Mediterranean Renaissance Program, now the Commission on the Mediterranean Basin (COMB). Most papers are authored by members of the latter Commission and additional papers are included, in order to cover more aspects of contemporary Mediterranean geographies.

    • Geography & the Environment
      February 2016

      Surrounded by Water

      Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes of Sardinia

      by Editor(s): Andrea Corsale, Giovanni Sistu

      This work provides insights into the physical and human geography of Sardinia, the second largest Mediterranean island, with its complex, varied, changing and often hidden features. The title, “Surrounded by Water”, recalls the identity of a land whose coastlines and surrounding seas have symbolically represented social, economic, political, cultural bridges or walls, meeting or colliding places, over its long and difficult history.Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes are presented and analysed, together with other aspects, through a descriptive focus and original contributions provided by some local experts, in order to offer scholars and students across the globe a complex and multi-dimensional view of the reality of Sardinia through the lens of its geography.Each chapter of the book offers an in-depth and concise analysis of a specific topic, through the description of its characteristics and its current variations within the territory of the island. These descriptive aspects will be complemented with insights related to the research experiences and findings provided by the authors.This book will contribute to stirring new and modern interest about Sardinia, about further regional geographic studies, and about academic, scientific and cultural exchanges, among peoples and countries with both similar and different histories, identities, issues and hopes.

    • Geography & the Environment
      November 2010

      Place and Tourism Promotion

      Urban Regeneration?

      by Author(s): Edmund Christopher Matotay

      Cities around the world adopt place promotion and marketing activities as one of their development strategies. They do this through engaging in selling their images through the use of sceneries like national parks, museums, historic monuments and flag institutions such as hotels and conference facilities. These sceneries and flag institutions act as symbols to profile and market these cities to the world for different socio-economic purposes. The present book exposes some findings derived from two major study objectives done in Tanzania. One of the the objectives was to find out different place promotion strategies in Arusha, and the other was to set out to find the impact of the place promotion strategies on tourism. Reasons for place promotion and the targets of the strategies are also widely covered in the book.In its specialized chapters, the book reveals that there are three major elements of place promotion in use in the northern Tanzanian tourist city of Arusha. These are national parks and game reserves located in Arusha like Arusha National Park, Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The city of Arusha also uses flag institutions in and around Arusha like The Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Arusha Natural Museum, The Arusha Declaration Museum, The Cultural Villages of El-Kiding’a and best Hotels to profile itself to the world. Gratifyingly, the book exposes that the main reasons for these strategies are to boost tourism in the city and that most of the targets of these strategies are international tourists. Through the good use of the strategies, and the city revenues turnover, the region itself has been enormously popular and the number of visits to the attractive sceneries and flag institutions has been growing steadily over the years.

    • Geography & the Environment
      July 2008

      Natural Environment and Culture in the Mediterranean Region

      by Editor(s): Recep Efe, Georges Cravins, Munir Ozturk and Ibrahim Atalay

      The largest of the world's five Mediterranean-climate regions and one of the largest archipelagos in the world, the Mediterranean Basin is located at the intersection of two major landmasses, Eurasia and Africa, which contributes to its cultural and high biodiversity. Although much of the hotspot was once covered by a dense cover of forests, the Basin has experienced intensive human development and impact on its ecosystems for at least 8000 years, significantly longer than any other hotspot. The greatest impacts have been deforestation, habitat fragmentation, intensive grazing and fires, and infrastructure development, especially on the coast, which have distinctly altered the landscape. The agricultural lands, evergreen woodlands and maquis habitats dominating the basin are the result of these disturbances over several millennia. Many of the endemic species are narrow endemics, being confined to very small areas, and thus are extremely vulnerable to the anthropogenic pressures. Probably more species have gone extinct here than in any other hotspot. At present approximately 300 million people live here and water shortages and desertification will be the serious problems in the near future. Tourism is placing a significant pressure on the coastal ecosystems. The construction of infrastructure and the direct impacts of people using and trampling sensitive dune ecosystems remains a key threat to coastal areas. In view of the valuable natural heritage there is a great need for weighing our ecological impact in order to achieve a balance between biodiversity conservation and human development and above all, how to maintain traditional rural livelihoods in a way that benefits biodiversity. The changes in the atmosphere, geomorphological processes, and most natural cycles involving a biomass of any substantial size denote the arrival of a new geological period the "Anthropocene". We the humans are actively changing the overall conditions of our existence by terraforming the earth, changing the overall patterns of basic life systems in the process of remaking our specific contexts, not least to supposedly secure our modes of life. This book is thus synthesizing knowledge from many disciplines to throw some light on the unpredictability of forthcoming changes.

    • Geography & the Environment
      November 2010

      Place and Tourism Promotion

      Urban Regeneration?

      by Author(s): Edmund Christopher Matotay

      Cities around the world adopt place promotion and marketing activities as one of their development strategies. They do this through engaging in selling their images through the use of sceneries like national parks, museums, historic monuments and flag institutions such as hotels and conference facilities. These sceneries and flag institutions act as symbols to profile and market these cities to the world for different socio-economic purposes. The present book exposes some findings derived from two major study objectives done in Tanzania. One of the the objectives was to find out different place promotion strategies in Arusha, and the other was to set out to find the impact of the place promotion strategies on tourism. Reasons for place promotion and the targets of the strategies are also widely covered in the book.In its specialized chapters, the book reveals that there are three major elements of place promotion in use in the northern Tanzanian tourist city of Arusha. These are national parks and game reserves located in Arusha like Arusha National Park, Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The city of Arusha also uses flag institutions in and around Arusha like The Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Arusha Natural Museum, The Arusha Declaration Museum, The Cultural Villages of El-Kiding’a and best Hotels to profile itself to the world. Gratifyingly, the book exposes that the main reasons for these strategies are to boost tourism in the city and that most of the targets of these strategies are international tourists. Through the good use of the strategies, and the city revenues turnover, the region itself has been enormously popular and the number of visits to the attractive sceneries and flag institutions has been growing steadily over the years.

    • Regional geography
      December 2014

      Solway Country

      Land, Life and Livelihood in the Western Border Region of England and Scotland

      by Author(s): Allen J. Scott

      The Solway Country – the lands surrounding the inner Solway Firth – constitutes one of the many small regional worlds of the British Isles that are remarkable for the ways in which their landscapes evoke a powerful sense of territorial identity rooted not only in their physical appeal, but also in the richness and distinctiveness of their human history and geography. The Solway Country is an archetypical but hitherto little known exemplar of places like these.This book captures the spirit and substance of the Solway Country’s allure by means of a series of layered narratives dealing with its natural milieu, its past social and political turmoil, its changing forms of rural and agrarian life, and its responses to the industrial and urban forces that were unleashed in Britain after the eighteenth century. The Solway Country has the added charm of being partly in England and partly in Scotland, so that its personality partakes of elements of both. At the same time, the region exhibits a composite geographic unity derived from the central physical feature of the Solway Firth itself and from the many common aspects of local life and livelihood that have left deep imprints on the landscape. This unity is expressed symbolically in the peculiar hybrid culture of ballads and songs that emerged alongside the theft, murder, and mayhem that raged in the Anglo-Scottish marchlands in the days of the border reivers.

    • Regional geography
      May 2015

      Connections, Mobilities, Urban Prospects and Environmental Threats

      The Mediterranean in Transition

      by Editor(s): Theano S. Terkenli, Annick Douguédroit, Louis F. Cassar

      This volume provides specialized insights into selected Mediterranean geographies, such as info-communication technologies, tourism, urbanization and climate change threats, with a focus on emerging and often overlooked issues, in light of the impact of current trends of globalization and the financial ‘crisis’, in the broader context of contemporary world processes of environmental change and accelerated human mobility.Specifically, the book contains sections on emergent and increasingly significant or highly innovative issues specific to the Mediterranean, often providing alternative perspectives on various pressing issues, such as the northward shift of climatic types; littoralisation processes and urbanization trends; tourism growth problems; human exposure to environmental stresses; and the boom in info-communication technologies. As such this book provides new insights into a region that has absorbed the sustained impact of human growth in precarious environments, often at the interface of many worlds, co-existing at various states of development and inter-scalar or cross-border interrelationships.This volume does not cover every aspect of the human and physical geographies of the Mediterranean region, but rather addresses contemporary issues of increasing significance to the Mediterranean, with an emphasis on emergent and pressing issues, as well as new perspectives or methods of approach, of special relevance to the Mediterranean.The core of contributions to this volume originated from an initiative undertaken by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Mediterranean Renaissance Program, now the Commission on the Mediterranean Basin (COMB). Most papers are authored by members of the latter Commission and additional papers are included, in order to cover more aspects of contemporary Mediterranean geographies.

    • Interdisciplinary studies
      August 2015

      Geography of Crime in China since the Economic Reform of 1978

      A Multi-scale Analysis

      by Author(s): Yijing Li

      China has seen dramatic social changes since the Economic Reform of 1978; however, the economic upsurge and rapid urbanization present a two-edged sword, with the consequence of more challenging crime problems. This book presents an analysis of criminal issues in China from a geographic perspective, utilizing both spatio-temporal analysis and qualitative techniques at multiple spatial and temporal scales. It pays particularly close attention to a pilot study in Shenzhen city, testing the applicability of theories developed in Western society to the Chinese context. As such, this book is not merely a piece of research work, but rather a systematic overview of Chinese national crime issues.

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