Academic journal article Geography

Scale

Academic journal article Geography

Scale

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Scale Andrew Herod Abingdon: Routledge, 2011 294pp, 13. 5x21 5cm Pb: £22.99, ISBN 978-0415-34908-6

Scale is a key concept in geographical education and research, but it is by no means a simple one. At the very least, we need to distinguish the cartographic scale used to construct a map from the different scales of analysis utilised when describing, explaining or predicting realworld processes and events (local, regional etc.). In turn, these two meanings of scale must be distinguished from a third, which is more ontological: at what scales do specific phenomena, processes and relationships actually exist in the real world? Andrew Herod is an economic geographer at the University of Georgia who has made his name as a researcher interested in where workers organise against their employers, why and with what results. As part of this specialist research he has made wider contributions to geographers' understanding of scale, especially in the second and third senses distinguished above. In this book, Herod synthesises a prodigious academic literature on geographical scale in a way that students and their teachers - especially, though not exclusively, in universities -will find highly engaging and accessible.

This is the seventh book in the Routledge Key Ideas in Geography series. …

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