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Contemporary Human Geography

Contemporary Human Geography

4th Edition

James Rubenstein

Feb 2018, Paperback, 416 pages
ISBN13: 9780134746227
ISBN10: 0134746228
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What’s your map to human geography?

Contemporary Human Geography is a modular springboard into essential human and cultural geography concepts, designed for the modern geography reader. This brief, innovative text explores contemporary human geography with a bold, visual style, with topics organized into self-contained, two-page spreads. Rubenstein’s efficient writing presents information clearly without sacrificing high-quality content.

The 4th Edition offers new MapMaster 2.0, which is inspired by GIS and leverages recent data from the US Census Bureau, UN, CIA, World Bank, PRB, NOAA, NASA, USGS, and more. It enables readers to analyze and critically think about data through the visualization of mapping. This can help individuals connect critical, global issues to their local geography, addressing key concepts. With thousands of maps to explore, and the ability to upload their own data, readers can fully engage with the content.

Also available packaged with Mastering Geography or as an easy-to-use, standalone Pearson eText


Mastering™ Geography is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Interactive, self-paced tutorials provide individualized coaching to help students stay on track. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts. Learn more.


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1. This is Geography

2. Population & Health

3. Migration

4. Folk & Popular Culture

5. Languages

6. Religions

7. Ethnicities

8. Political Geography

9. Food & Agriculture

10. Development

11. Industry

12. Services & Settlements

13. Urban Patterns

14. Resource Issues

A student-focused pedagogy offers support and active learning opportunities

  • New - With What’s Your Geography activities, students reflect on their own experiences and behavior, and environments and histories, to connect human geography concepts to their personal lives and global patterns to their local geographies.
  • New - Research & Analyze activities in each chapter connect students to online tools and original data sources via Quick Response (QR) links, where they examine data and respond to critical-thinking questions.
  • Updated - Debate It presents two sides of a complex topic to engage students in active debate around the most critical topics of human geography today.
  • Updated - Cartography. All maps have been updated with the latest data from human geography.
  • Updated - A structured learning path guides students through content that is visually engaging:
    • Chapter Openers use graphics and text to give a succinct preview of the entire chapter.
    • Every chapter opens with 4 Key Questions, which provide the structure for the chapter modules and ask students to take a bigger-picture approach to the concepts being presented.
  • Updated - Table of Contents presents Food and Agriculture before Development, to better reflect how the course is often taught.
  • The book’s modular organization consists of chapters made up of self-contained two-page spreads--a reliable presentation that gives instructors flexibility when assigning material to students.
  • Review, Analyze, & Apply concludes each chapter with:
    • A summary of the Main Points of the chapter organized by Key Questions.
    • Updated - Thinking Geographically critical-thinking questions.
    • Updated - GeoVideo critical-thinking activities built around short videos in Mastering™ Geography from the BBC.
    • New -Geospatial Analysis activities give students a chance to use exciting GIS-inspired MapMaster 2.0 geospatial media to build maps and explore geospatial data.
    • Updated - Explore activities send students on virtual field trips around the world through the power of Google Earth™.

Bold visualization, text, and spatial graphics bring concepts to life

  • A unique, highly visual format provides unparalleled clarity while adding excitement to geographic analysis. The brief format features carefully selected topics that provide a springboard to each professor’s human geography course.
  • A modern integration of precise maps, carefully crafted prose, informational illustrations, and vivid photographs propel students off the page and into a real-world understanding of the principles outlined in the text.
  • Updated - The latest science, statistics, and associated imagery, including updates from the 2017 Population Reference Bureau World Population Data, are included.

Contemporary topics and themes keep your course current

  • International coverage goes beyond the western tradition to see connections at international and global levels.
  • Gender, nationality, and ethnicity themes are presented clearly with the most current and diverse coverage.
  • Folk and popular culture phenomena--from professional sports, to music, to social networking--are integrated throughout the book to keep students engaged as they read.
  • Updated - Political geography sections include information on Brexit, and US and European elections.

Also available packaged with Mastering Geography or as an easy-to-use, standalone Pearson eText


Mastering™ is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and often improves results for each student. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult human geography concepts. Learn more about Mastering Geography.

  • New & Updated - MapMaster 2.0, inspired by GIS and built for education purposes, enables students to layer and explore thematic map data at global and regional scales to enhance spatial reasoning skills and geographic literacy. It includes hundreds of map layers with a multitude of data points, leveraging recent data from the US Census Bureau, UN, CIA, World Bank, PRB, NOAA, NASA, USGS, and more. You can also upload, visualize, and probe the data for a true WebGIS experience. Now, fully mobile and accessible, it includes enhanced visualization and analysis tools such:
    • Split screen
    • Bivariate mapping
    • Data filtering and probing
    • Annotation
    • Map re-projection
    • Map styling and sharing
    • Geolocation
  • Updated - Pearson eText, optimized for mobile, seamlessly integrates videos and other rich media with the text and gives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere. The Pearson eText mobile app offers:
    • Offline access on most iOS and Android phones/tablets.
    • Accessibilty: Screen-reader enabled, with configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode.
    • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search tools.
    • Embedded videos and media for a more interactive learning experience.
  • Updated - Video Activities from sources such as the BBC, Financial Times, and Television for the Environment’s Life and Earth Report series, provide students with applied real-world examples of human geography in action, a sense of place, and allow for a range of people and places to be explored.
    • New - Google Earth Virtual Tour videos give students brief narrated spatial explorations of places and people around the world, covering critical themes such as globalization and sustainability.
  • Updated - GeoTutor Activities help students master the most challenging geography concepts with highly visual, kinesthetic activities focused on critical thinking, data analysis, and the application of concepts.
  • Encounter Human Geography Google Earth Activities provide rich, interactive Google Earth explorations of human geography concepts, helping students visualize and explore human landscapes around the world. All Explorations include corresponding Google Earth KMZ media files.
  • Learning Catalytics ™ helps generate class discussion, customize lectures, and promote peer-to- peer learning with real-time analytics. Learning Catalytics acts as a student response tool that uses students’ own device to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.
    • New - Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
    • New - Team names are no longer case sensitive.
    • Help your students develop critical-thinking skills.
    • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling.
    • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy.
    • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to- peer learning.

Pearson eText allows educators to easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class—motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning. Portable access lets students study on the go, even offline. And, reading analytics offer insight into how students use the eText, helping educators tailor their instruction. Learn more about Pearson eText.


Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.

James M. Rubenstein received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. He was Professor of Geography at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he taught urban and human geography, and where he helped develop the new Sustainability co-major in the Institute for the Environment & Sustainability.


He is also the author of Pearson’s The Cultural Landscape and Introduction to Contemporary Geography. He is often invited to give talks and presentations at colleges, high schools, and professional meetings.


Rubenstein works as a regional consultant for the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and he conducts research in the automotive industry. He is often interviewed by the media on automotive and economic issues, and has published three books on the subject: The Changing US Auto Industry: A Geographical Analysis (Routledge); Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the US Auto Industry (The Johns Hopkins University Press); and Who Really Made Your Car? Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry (W.E. Upjohn Institute, with Thomas Klier).

He is a semi-amateur, semi-professional painter, and displays his work at galleries in Maryland and Ohio.