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Author Lewis, Martin W.

Title The myth of continents : a critique of metageography / Martin W. Lewis, Kären E. Wigen
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1997]


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 W'PONDS  304.2 Lew/Moc  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The Architecture of Continents -- 2. The Spatial Constructs of Orient and Occident, East and West -- 3. The Cultural Constructs of Orient and Occident, East and West -- 4. Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism -- 5. Global Geography in the Historical Imagination -- 6. World Regions: An Alternative Scheme -- Conclusion: Toward a Critical Metageography
Summary In this thoughtful and engaging critique, geographer Martin W. Lewis and historian Kären Wigen reexamine the basic geographical divisions we take for granted, and challenge the unconscious spatial frameworks that govern the way we perceive the world. Arguing that notions of East vs. West, First World vs. Third World, and even the sevenfold continental system are simplistic and misconceived, the authors trace the history of such misconceptions. Their up-to-the-minute study reflects both on the global scale and its relation to the specific continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa-actually part of
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-333) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Geographical perception.
Author Wigen, Kären, 1958-
LC no. 96030294
ISBN 0520207424 (alk. paper)
0520207432 (paperback: alk. paper)