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The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Physical Geography

  • Rebecca Lave
  • Christine Biermann
  • Stuart N. Lane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rebecca Lave, Christine Biermann, Stuart N. Lane
      Pages 3-21
    3. Stuart N. Lane, Christine Biermann, Rebecca Lave
      Pages 23-47
  3. CPG in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Chris S. Duvall, Bilal Butt, Abigail Neely
      Pages 107-127
    3. Daniel Knitter, Wiebke Bebermeier, Jan Krause, Brigitta Schütt
      Pages 179-200
    4. Christine Biermann, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer
      Pages 201-225
    5. David Robertson, Chris Larsen, Steve Tulowiecki
      Pages 227-248
    6. Christian A. Kull
      Pages 249-272
    7. Simon Dufour, Xavier Arnauld de Sartre, Monica Castro, Michel Grimaldi, Solen Le Clec’h, Johan Oszwald
      Pages 273-293
    8. Dawn Biehler, Joel Baker, John-Henry Pitas, Yinka Bode-George, Rebecca Jordan, Amanda E. Sorensen et al.
      Pages 295-318

About this book


This handbook is recognition of the need to better integrate physical and human geography. It combines a collection of work and research within the new field of Critical Physical Geography, which gives critical attention to relations of social power with deep knowledge of a particular field of biophysical science. Critical Physical Geography research accords careful attention to biophysical landscapes and the power relations that have increasingly come to shape them, and to the politics of environmental science and the role of biophysical inquiry in promoting social and environmental justice.

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Physical Geography lays out the scope and guiding principles of Critical Physical Geography research. It presents a carefully selected set of empirical work, demonstrating the range and intellectual strength of existing integrative work in geography research. This handbook is the first of its kind to cover this emerging discipline and will be of significant interest to students and academics across the fields of geography, the environment and sustainability. 


Critical Physical Geography Crappy Landscapes Genealogy of Critical Physical Geography Landscape Archaeology Critical Invasion Sciences Mapping Ecosystem Services Environmental Justice in Infested Urban Spaces Constructing Conservation Value with Fungi Soils in Eco-Social Context Social Power and Biophysical Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca Lave
    • 1
  • Christine Biermann
    • 2
  • Stuart N. Lane
    • 3
  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomington, INUSA
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattle, WAUSA
  3. 3.Université de LausanneGryonSwitzerland

About the editors

Rebecca Lave is Associate Professor in the Geography Department at Indiana University-Bloomington, USA.

Christine Biermann is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, USA.

Stuart N. Lane is Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Physical Geography
  • Editors Rebecca Lave
    Christine Biermann
    Stuart N. Lane
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71460-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10061-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71461-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 594
  • Number of Illustrations 71 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Geography
    Physical Geography
    Environmental Geography
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“Students, both undergraduate and graduate, who find themselves at a similar crossroads in their academic careers will find the Handbook helpful. ... I wish that the Handbook would have been available when I first happened across CPG. Not only does it provide a useful guide for how to do CPG, it also provides a source of support, in a way, for CPG as a subdiscipline in itself.” (Maegen Rochner, The AAG Review of Books, Vol. 7 (3), 2019)