Transformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes: Perspectives from Philosophy, Geography, and Architecture by Gary BackhausTransformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes: Perspectives from Philosophy, Geography, and Architecture by Gary Backhaus

Transformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes: Perspectives from Philosophy, Geography, and…

EditorGary Backhaus, John MurungiContribution byRuth Connell

Paperback | March 20, 2002

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The study of landscape and place has become an increasingly fertile realm of inquiry in the humanities and social sciences. In this new book of essays, selected from presentations at the first annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Geography, scholars investigate the experiences and meanings that inscribe urban and suburban landscapes. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi bring philosophy and geography into a dialogue with a host of other disciplines to explore a fundamental dialectic: while our collective and personal activity modifies the landscape, in turn, the landscape modifies human identities, and social and environmental relations. Whether proposing a peripatetic politics, conducting a sociological analysis of building security systems, or critically examining the formation of New York City's municipal parks, each essay sheds distinctive light on this fascinating and engaging aspect of contemporary environmental studies.
Gary Backhaus teaches at Morgan State University. John Murungi is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.
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Title:Transformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes: Perspectives from Philosophy, Geography, and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 8.98 × 5.88 × 0.84 inPublished:March 20, 2002Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739103369

ISBN - 13:9780739103364

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Landings Chapter 2 On the Question of Land: A Philosophical Perspective Chapter 3 Where the Beaver Gnaw: Predatory Space in the Urban Landscape Chapter 4 The Deceptive Environment: The Architecture of Security Chapter 5 Getting Nowhere Fast? Intrinsic Worth, Utility, and a Sense of Place at the Century's Turn Chapter 6 Auto-Mobility and the Route-Scape: A Critical Phenomenology Chapter 7 Having a Need To Act Chapter 8 Municipal Parks in New York City: Olmstead, Riis, and the Transformation of the Urban Landscape, 1858-1897 Chapter 9 Walking in the Urban Environment: Pedestrian Practices and Peripatetic Politics Chapter 10 Valid Research in Human Geography and the Image of the Ideal Science

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These papers engage difficult topics about how we connect with the places and landscapes we experience in our lives. They do this with both insight and clarity. They will be of use for anyone interested in environmental ethics and urban design; they are especially valuable for geographers interested in landscape, and philosophers interested in place, or vice versa.