Books Price Comparison (Including Amazon) - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Books


The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography

The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography
Author: Martin W. Lewis - Kären Wigen
ISBN 13: 9780520207431
ISBN 10: 520207432
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1997-08-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 383
List Price: $34.95

"Despite the recent surge of interest in geographical concepts and ideas, most social, cultural, and political studies are riddled with unexamined spatial assumptions. The Myth of Continents initiates a much-needed consideration of this state of affairs. Through a wide-ranging analysis of such metageographical constructs as East, West, Europe, and Asia, Lewis and Wigen provide provocative insights into the nature and significance of the ways we usually divide up the world. Moreover, they do so in an engaging and highly readable style. Readers of The Myth of Continents will never again see the world regions in quite the same way."—Alexander B. Murphy, author of The Regional Dynamics of Language Differentiation in Belgium

"An exciting, thoughtful, engaging, innovative book that demonstrates the need to reexamine commonly held assumptions about the world's division into continents, East/West, First/Second/Third World, etc. Readers will be drawn to its 'big-think' quality of shattering commonly held assumptions and to its up-to-the-minute contemporary feel."—Benjamin Orlove, coeditor of State, Capital, and Rural Society: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Economy in Mexico and the Andes

"An important and long overdue housecleaning of old geographical concepts, based upon an impressively wide reading of regional literatures."—Edmund Burke III, editor of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East