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Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography (review)

Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography (review) Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography Stephen Trudgill and André Roy (editors). Hodder Arnold, London (distributed in USA by Oxford University Press Inc. New York), . pp. $. paper (ISBN -) peter j. robinson University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill This is the most annoying, stimulating, frustrating, challenging and enjoyable professional book it has been my pleasure to read for a considerable time. Ostensibly designed for undergraduates contemplating adopting physical geography as a profession, it is more appropriate for professionals thinking about the direction of their own development and that of their field. The ideas and authors are centered on United Kingdom experience, and geomorphology dominates, but the content is much more widely applicable. The ``contemporary meaning'' in the title indicates that the authors were invited, in the spirit of current trends within human geography, to be autobiographical and storyoriented in their approach rather than using the magisterial pseudo-impartial style usual in academic science writing. My review is suitably infected with that spirit. The first two chapters are intended to set the scene. Peter Sims the paradigms that have driven geomorphology since the days of W. M. Davis, with an emphasis on various modeling approaches, and the consequent interplay between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography (review)

Southeastern Geographer , Volume 44 (2) – Jun 12, 2004

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2004 by the Southeastern Division, Association of American Geographers.
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1549-6929
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Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography Stephen Trudgill and André Roy (editors). Hodder Arnold, London (distributed in USA by Oxford University Press Inc. New York), . pp. $. paper (ISBN -) peter j. robinson University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill This is the most annoying, stimulating, frustrating, challenging and enjoyable professional book it has been my pleasure to read for a considerable time. Ostensibly designed for undergraduates contemplating adopting physical geography as a profession, it is more appropriate for professionals thinking about the direction of their own development and that of their field. The ideas and authors are centered on United Kingdom experience, and geomorphology dominates, but the content is much more widely applicable. The ``contemporary meaning'' in the title indicates that the authors were invited, in the spirit of current trends within human geography, to be autobiographical and storyoriented in their approach rather than using the magisterial pseudo-impartial style usual in academic science writing. My review is suitably infected with that spirit. The first two chapters are intended to set the scene. Peter Sims the paradigms that have driven geomorphology since the days of W. M. Davis, with an emphasis on various modeling approaches, and the consequent interplay between

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Southeastern GeographerUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 12, 2004

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