Titel: Latin America: Regions and People
Autor/en: Robert B. Kent
April 2006 - gebunden - 422 Seiten
This comprehensive text introduces key geographical concepts while providing an incisive, timely, and highly informative primer on Latin America. Thematic chapters trace the development of the region from the pre-Hispanic era to the present, while regional chapters reveal the diversity of its constituent people and places. Coverage includes cultural history; environment and physical geography; land use, agriculture, and urbanization; social and economic processes; and the Latin American diaspora. Enhancing the utility of the text are quick-reference tables and illustrative vignettes, over 160 photographs and maps, and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.
Introduction. Latin America as a Culture Region. The Environment. The Hispanic Caribbean. Peopling Latin America to 1820. The Mesa Central of Mexico. Early Cities and Urban Development. The Andes. Migration, Population Change, and Race. The Central Valley of Chile. The Central American Highlands. Land and People since the Conquest. Brazil's Atlantic Coastal Plain. Contemporary Cities and Urban Patterns. The Southern Brazilian Highlands. Latin American Development in Perspective. The Pampa. Latin America in the World Economy. The Amazon Basin. The Latin American Diaspora. Conclusion. Chapter Notes and Additional Sources.
Robert B. Kent is Chair and Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Akron. He earned a BA and MA from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD from Syracuse University. His research and publications have focused broadly on the human geography of Latin America, especially the Andes and Central America, and on the evolving geography of Latin Americans in the United States. He has traveled, lived, and worked throughout Latin America, including 3 years as an urban and regional planner in Peru for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and has worked as a consultant for USAID in Bolivia on numerous occasions. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, and at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is a past chair of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers and a past councillor and treasurer of the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Kent is the editor of "Region in Transition: An Economic and Social Atlas of Northeast Ohio" and a coeditor of "Regional Development and Planning for the 21st Century," and he has published numerous articles and book chapters on regional development, urban planning, cartography, GIS, and cultural geography.
'This book is suffused with Kent's passion for and deep knowledge of Latin America, born out of his 30 years of work, research, and travel in the area. It covers an immense range in terms of both the regions and the topics addressed, making it an excellent teaching text and reference. The book will support a wide range of teaching options, but will be particularly helpful for introductory courses... This is a book many of us will want on our shelves as a source for those pieces of information so often needed in our research but rarely at our fingertips.' - Anthony Bebbington, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK 'Kent provides a refreshingly new perspective on a complex and fascinating region. This is a great text for teaching Latin American geography, with lots of informative pictures, data tables, and maps that help to bring this complex environment sharply into focus. With discussions of such important issues as globalization, environmental change, and cultural continuity, students will enjoy the book's easy-to-read approach and crisp visual imagery. Highly recommended!' - David J. Keeling, Western Kentucky University