Contested Worlds provides an introduction both to a multitude of geographical worlds which are currently being actively constructed and contested, and to a range of different perspectives on these worlds being adopted and contested by geographers. It is unique in its focus on the role of contestation in both the construction of geographical studies and in the geographies these studies seek to address. These issues are explored through a combination of general theoretical discussion and detailed international case studies. The areas discussed range in scale from the global, through the regional and national to the local worlds of the inner city, the neighbourhood and the village, with connections drawn between these scales. The book concludes that geography is being made in quite different ways. It asserts that geography is intrinsically a contested enterprise, and that this should be embraced as part of geographers becoming more critically involved in the making, and studying, of new contemporary human geographies.

part 1|85 pages


chapter 1|9 pages

Contested Worlds: An Introduction

ByMartin Phillips

chapter 2|73 pages

Philosophical Arguments in Human Geography

ByMartin Phillips

part 2|102 pages

Part Two: Global Worlds

chapter 4|25 pages

Global Crises? Issues in Population and the Environment

ByHazel Barrett, Angela Browne

part 3|98 pages

Regional Worlds

chapter 7|22 pages

Southeast Asian Development: Miracle or Mirage

ByMark Cleary

chapter 8|36 pages

Post-Socialist East and Central Europe

ByCraig Young

part 4|115 pages

Local Worlds

chapter 9|28 pages

Places on the Margin: The Spatiality of Exclusion

ByPhil Hubbard

chapter 10|35 pages

People in the Centre? The Contested Geographies of ‘Gentrifieation’

ByMartin Phillips

chapter 11|49 pages

People in a Marginal Periphery

ByDavid Cook, Martin Phillips

part 5|4 pages

Some Concluding Remarks

chapter 12|2 pages

Still Just Introducing the Contested Worlds of Human Geography

ByMartin Phillips