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Representing the Environment

1st Edition

By John R. Gold, George Revill


296 pages

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The development of the environmental movement has relied heavily upon written and visual imagery. Representing the Environment offers an introductory guide to representations of the environment found in the media, literature, art and everyday life encounters.

Featuring case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, Representing the Environment provides practical guidance on how to study environmental representations from a cultural and historic perspective, and places the reader in the role of active interpreter. The book argues that studying representations provides an important lens on the development of environmental attitudes, values and decision-making.


'An accessible, well-balanced and historically informed look at how societies portray and understand the natural environment.' - Richard Ek, Lund University, Sweden

'The strength of this text is the approachable way in which it has been written and the book provides a superb introduction for anyone wanting to better understand how the environment is being represented, by whom and for what purpose.' - Mags Adams, University of Salford, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Studying Environmental Representations 3. Representations in Context 4. The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Legacies 5. Enlightenment and Romanticism 6. Empire, Exploitation and Control 7. Representing Urban Environments 8. Historic Cities, Future Cities 9. Conclusion

About the Authors

John R. Gold is Professor of Urban Geography and George Revill is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts

This series introduces core topics for environmental study and presents unparalleled interdisciplinary perspectives on issues of environmental concern. Focusing on human-environmental interrelationships, these concise, engaging, user-friendly texts respond particularly well to the demands of modular learning. Each text in the series features:

  • summaries of key concepts and contextual introductions to each topic
  • uniform, attractive, series design
  • informative diagrams illustrating key concepts and issues
  • annotated reading lists and end of chapter questions
  • lively global case-studies boxed throughout the text.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography