This book explores an innovative set of critical narratives, accounts and engagements by different authors about their professional mobility and how that relates to the discipline and their life experiences.
Human Geography and Professional Mobility seeks to encourage, influence, and help students understand geographic concepts based on critical reflections, international experiences, and practical insight laid out in stories of real people, real geographers, and real college faculty, that students can relate to. This volume is less theoretical and more personal insight-based, wherein first-hand and personal accounts of practical experiences are explored, which renders the text supplementary reading for human geography, population geography, world geography, and migration/mobility classes.
With critical navigation of spaces in response to several geographical questions, this book offers a novel perspective on professional mobility of geographers which will be of interest to students and academics in the fields of geography, tourism, sociology, and anthropology.
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1 Experience, mobility, professional narratives, and human geography
WERONIKA A. KUSEK AND NICHOLAS WISE
2 Population geographies of Brazil: a geographer’s personal and professional viewpoints
ALAN P. MARCUS
3 Migration: how international fieldwork helped me embrace my immigrant identity
WERONIKA A. KUSEK
4 Geography of a life: a woman’s journey in place and culture
HANIEH HAJI MOLANA
5 Working among regions: understanding identity and ethnicity in a globalized world through India and its diaspora
6 Engaging in fieldwork in Paris
DAVID H. KAPLAN
7 Seeking sense of place: reflections on study abroad, becoming an international geographer, and living a mobile lifestyle
8 Doing linguistic geography research: field experiences from Galicia, Spain
KATHRYN L. HANNUM
9 Political geography: sovereignty, Indigenous rights, and governance in an island context
10 Nature, culture, and tourism in the Caribbean
11 A secret affair: researching Ireland’s Catholic Mass Rocks
12 Urban and environmental geographies: challenges and successes of fieldwork in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
SARAH L. SMILEY
13 Understanding geography through international experiences: a student perspective
MICHAELA L. GAWRYS AND J. TODD NESBITT
14 Framing your own narratives: reflecting on personal and professional development
NICHOLAS WISE AND WERONIKA A. KUSEK
Weronika A. Kusek is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Northern Michigan University. Weronika is a native of Poland, an immigrant to the US, and a former international student. Her research interests stem from her personal experiences. The primary focus of her research has been the phenomenon of mass Polish migration to the UK after Poland joined the European Union in 2004.
Nicholas Wise is Reader International Urban Change at Liverpool John Moores University. His academic focus on sense of place, place image, and regeneration links to his background in human geography (PhD, Kent State University), and he has focused on a range of cases in the Dominican Republic, Croatia and Serbia. Originally from the United States, he has worked in Scotland, England and Taiwan.