Suggested Readings for Graduate Students

Suggested readings for new/(all) graduate students as of 6/28/95.

compiled by Craig ZumBrunnen,
(Former) Graduate Program Coordinator for Geography


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Abler, Ronald F., Melvin G. Marcus and Judy M. Olson, (eds.) (1992) Geography's Inner Worlds: Pervasive Themes in Contemporary American Geography. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers.

Agnew, John and Stuart Corbridge (1995) Mastering Space. New York: Routledge.

Barnes, Trevor J. and Duncan, James S. (1992) Writing Worlds: Discourse, Text and Metaphor in the Representation of Landscape. New York: Routledge.

Benko, Georges B. and Ulf Strohmayer. Geography, history, and social sciences / edited by Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, c1995. [Suzzallo General Stacks GF49 .G47 1995. UW-Tacoma Lib. Stacks GF49 .G47 1995]

Brown, Ralph H. (1948) Historical Geography of the United States. New York: Harcourt Brace.

Buchholz, Rogene A. (1993) Principles of Environmental Management: The Greening of Business. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Bunge, W. ("just the bit about nuclear power domination of the world")

Chisholm, M. (1975) Human Geography: Evolution or Revolution? Baltimore: Penguin.

Christaller, Walter (1966) Central places in Southern Germany. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Curry, Michael R. (1992) On the Possibility of Ethics in Geography: Writing, Citing, and the Construction of Intellectual Property Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 125-147.

De Blij, Harm J. & Peter O. Muller (1994) Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, 7th ed. New York: Wiley & Sons. ("Geography 100 textbook by De Blij").

Dicken, Peter (1992) Global Shift: The Internationalization of Economic Activity, 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Press.

Dicken, P. and P. Lloyd (1981) Modern Western Society: A Geographical Perspective on Work, Home and Well-being. London ; New York: Harper & Row. ("good textbook")

Dicken, P. and P. Lloyd (1990) Location in space: Theoretical Perspectives in Economic Geography, 3rd ed. New York: Harper Collins.

Entrikin , J. N. (1991) Betweenness of Place: Towards a Geography of Modernity. Basingstoke: Macmillan Education.

Escobar, Arturo (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

ESRI, Inc. (1993) Understanding GIS, The ARC/INFO (TM) Method. Redlands, CA: ESRI, Inc.

Glacken, Clarence (1967) Traces on the Rhodian Shore. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Golledge, R., H. Couclelis, and P. Gould (1988) A Ground for Common Search. Goleta: Santa Barbara Geographical Press.

Gregory, D. (1978) Ideology, Science and Human Geography. London: Hutchinson.

Gregory, Derek (1994) Geographical Imaginations. New York: Blackwell.

Haggett, P. (1965) Locational Analysis in Human Geography. London: Edward Arnold Ltd. ("just to get the intention of the period").

Haith, Douglas A. (1982) Environmental Systems Optimization. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Hall, Stephen S. (1992) Mapping the Next Millennium: The Discovery of New Geographies. New York: Random House. ("It is absolutely engrossing.")

Hartshorne, Richard (1939) The Nature of Geography: A Critical Survey of Current Thought in the Light of the Past. Lancaster, Penn.: AAG.

Harvey, D. (1973) Social Justice and the City. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

(3) Harvey, D. (1989) The Condition of Post-modernity: An Inquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.

Harvey, D. (1969) Explanation in Geography. London: Edward Arnold.

Jackson, P. and S. Smith (1984) Exploring Social Geography. Boston: Allen and Unwin.

James, Preston and Clarence F. Jones (eds.) (1954) American Geography: Inventory & Prospect. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Karan, P.P. and Cotton Mather, eds., LEADERS IN AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY; VOL. 2, RESEARCH. Mesilla, NM: The Geographical Survey, publishing division of the New Mexico Geographical Society, 2000. pp. 282. [ISBN: 0-9643841-1-6. Copies can be ordered from: The New Mexico Geographical Society, P. O. Box 36, Mesilla Park, NM 88047, Tel: 505/525-3035 Fax: 505/525-0106 Email: ihst@zianet.com Cost is $29.95. AAG members get a 40 percent discount, so the cost is $18.]

The individuals are: Arnold R. Alanen, Daniel D. Arreola, Wallace Walter Atwood, Brian J. L. Berry, Surinder M. Bhardwaj, Isiah Bowman, John R. Borchert, Ralph Hall Brown, Stanley D. Brunn, Alvar W. Carlson, Charles Carlyle Colby, George Babcock Cressey, William Morris Davis, Vernor Clifford Finch, Jean Gottman, Chauncy D. Harris, Richard Edes Harrison, John Fraser Hart, Richard Hartshorne, Leslie Hewes, Ellsworth Huntington, John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Preston E. James, Mark Jefferson, George F. Jenks, Hildegard Binder Johnson, Clarence F. Jones, Terry G. Jordan, Matti Enn Kaups, Fred B. Kniffen, Melvin G. Marcus, Harold M. Mayer, Allen G. Noble, James J. Parsons, G. Etzel Pearcy, Robert Swanson Platt, Erwin Josephus Raisz, Arthur M. Robinson, Harold M. Rose, Richard Joel Russell, Carl Ortwin Sauer, Ellen Churchill Semple, Joseph Russell Smith, Arthur M. Strahler, Waldo R.Robler, Yi-Fi Tuan, B. L. Turner, II, Stephen Sargent Visher, Harley Jesse Walker, Joe Russell Whitaker, and Gilbert F. White.

Kuhn, T. S. ( 1962) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ley, D. (1989) Fragmentation, Coherence and Limits to Theory in Human Geography, in Kobayashi and Mackenzie (eds.) Remaking Human Geography. Boston: Unwin Hyman, pp. 227-244.

Livingstone, David N. (1992) The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers.

MacEachren, Alan M. (1994) Some Truth with Maps: A Primer on Symbolization and Design. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.

Marx, Karl (18xx) Capital.

Massey, Doreen B. (1984) Spatial Divisions of Labor: Social Structures and the Geography of Production. London: Macmillan.

Meinig, Don W. (1968) The Great Columbia Plain. Seattle: University of Washington.

Mitchell, Bruce (1989) Geography and Resource Analysis, 2nd edition. Essex: Longman Scientific & Technical.

Morrill, Richard (1987) "A Theoretical Imperative," Annals of the AAG, Vol. 77, No. 4, pp. 535-541.

Morrill, Richard L. (1974) The Spatial Organization of Society, 2d ed. North Scituate, Mass: Duxbury Press.

Peet, Richard and Nigel Thrift, (eds.) (1989) New Models in Geography: The Political-Economy Perspective. London; Winchester, Mass.: Unwin-Hyman.

Pickles, J. (1986) Geography and Humanism. Norwich: Geo Books.

Rabinow, Paul (ed.) (1991) The Foucault Reader. London: Penguin Books.

Rose, Gillian (1994) Feminism and Geography. New York: Polity.

Said, Edward W. (1978) Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books.

Semple, E. ("2 pages of, any more will turn your stomach") (determinism)

Smith, Hedrick (1991) The New Russians. New York: Avon Books.

Soja, E.W. Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, forthcoming 2000.

Soja, E.W. Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. 1996.

Scott, A.J and E.W. Soja, eds. The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1996.

Soja, E.W. Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory. London: Verso Press, 1989.

Strahler, Arthur N. and Alan H. Strahler (1987) Modern Physical Geography. New York: Wiley
or Strahler, Arthur N. and Alan H. Strahler (1994) Introducing Physical Geography. New York: John Wiley.

Thomas, William L., Jr. (1956) Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Tuan, Yi-Fu (1974) Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Watson, Sophie and Katherine Gibson (1995) Postmodern Cities and Spaces. New York: Blackwell.

Watts, M. (1993) Silent Violence. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Wilford, John Noble (1981) The Mapmakers. New York: Knopf. ("an excellent history of mapping. For anyone wanting to take Geog 360, etc. it can be a real help also, it is intellectually exciting, so you want to go out and 'discover' something")

Wood, Denis (1991) The Power of Maps. New York: Guildford.


Another tack to take on this reading list would be to have for each faculty member to pick out one or two of their own works to give incoming students a view into their current research -- sort of a reading list for "Parade of Faculty". For example,

Nyerges, Timothy L. and Nicholas R. Chrisman (1989) "A Framework for Model Curricula Development in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems," Professional Geographer, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 289-293.

Chrisman, Nicholas R. (1991) "Institutional and Societal Components of Cartographic Research," Chapter 11 in Muller, J. C., ed., Advances in Cartography. New York: Elsevier Applied Science.

Looking through articles in Annals, Antipode, Society and Space, Gender Space and Culture (name?) to get an idea of the issues people are researching now, how they are geography, looking back at past issues (from the 1950s-60s) to see how the discipline has changed. Maybe give the students names to look out for, like Harvey, Massey, Morrill, Sauer, etc.


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