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Dimensions:
242 × 174 × 23 mm
312 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781861891815
Illustrations:
80 illustrations
Published:
01 Jan 2004

Patterned Ground Entanglements of Nature and Culture Stephan Harrison, Stephan Harrison

Patterned Ground unravels the entangled relationships between nature and culture. Around 100 entries by leading names in new geography and related disciplines focus on various ‘objects’ in the landscape - from beaches to battlefields, bees to horses, police stations to post-offices, trees to tractors. Each piece, written by an expert in the field, explores the way in which we understand that object and its relationship to the world around it. This book is neither encyclopædia nor dictionary, but a knowledgeable and impassioned engagement with the world. In this sense, it chimes with earlier experiments in understanding the earth and its landscapes, whether these endeavours have been conducted within the sciences, the social sciences or the arts.

Patterned Ground backtracks from familiar and obvious ways of seeing patterns in the world, and discovers it anew. In this way, it opens up new possibilities for thinking about the relationships between ourselves, objects and the ground on which we walk.

‘A highly intriguing and original collection of ideas about nature and culture by a large and articulate team of leading academics. Readers will be challenged to think anew about the nature and coherence of Geography’ — Andrew Goudie, Master of St Cross College, Oxford, and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopædia of Geomorphology (2003)


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Stephan Harrison is Senior Research Associate at the School of Geography, Oxford University.

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Stephan Harrison is Senior Research Associate at the School of Geography, Oxford University.

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
GUIDE FOR READERS
SECTION ONE: FLOW
Introduction
Pipes
Cities
Ecosystems
Rivers
Ridges
Cliffs
Scree
Drifts
Virtual Space
Post Offices
Drumlins
Glaciers
Climate
Lakes
Rivers
Meanders
Railways
Freeways
Fields
Trade
Colonies
Continents
Battlefields
Dust
Pollution
Climate
Lakes
Fire
God
Water
Oceans
Ice Sheets
Sun
Water
Pollutants
Trade
Airports
SECTION TWO: SITE
Introduction
Mountains
Fields
Fieldwork
Hospitals
Wilderness
Parks
Farms
Bogs
Humans
Islands
Beaches
Deserts
Floods
Dams
Churches
Villages
Home
Shelter
Tors
Caves
Zoos
Police Stations
Boundaries
Natural Resources
Central Places
States
Refuges
Enterprise Zones
Town Halls
Slums
Garden Cities
Towns
Ghost Towns
Cities
Suburbs
Farms
Floodplains
Hills
SECTION THREE: MATTER
Introduction
Bees
Pubs
Pigs