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The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies (Routledge International Handbooks) [Hardcover]

Peter Howard , Ian Thompson , Emma Waterton
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6 Dec 2012 Routledge International Handbooks

Landscape is a vital, synergistic concept which opens up ways of thinking about many of the problems which beset our contemporary world, such as climate change, social alienation, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and destruction of heritage. As a concept, landscape does not respect disciplinary boundaries. Indeed, many academic disciplines have found the concept so important, it has been used as a qualifier that delineates whole sub-disciplines: landscape ecology, landscape planning, landscape archaeology, and so forth. In other cases, landscape studies progress under a broader banner, such as heritage studies or cultural geography. Yet it does not always mean the same thing in all of these contexts. The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies offers the first comprehensive attempt to explore research directions into the many uses and meanings of ‘landscape’.

The Companion contains thirty-nine original contributions from leading scholars within the field, which have been divided into four parts: Experiencing Landscape; Landscape Culture and Heritage; Landscape, Society and Justice; and Design and Planning for Landscape. Topics covered range from phenomenological approaches to landscape, to the consideration of landscape as a repository of human culture; from ideas of identity and belonging, to issues of power and hegemony; and from discussions of participatory planning and design to the call for new imaginaries in a time of global and environmental crisis. Each contribution explores the future development of different conceptual and theoretical approaches, as well as recent empirical contributions to knowledge and understanding. Collectively, they encourage dialogue across disciplinary barriers and reflection upon the implications of research findings for local, national and international policy in relation to landscape.

This Companion provides up-to-date critical reviews of state of the art perspectives across this multifaceted field, embracing disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, geography, landscape planning, landscape architecture, countryside management, forestry, heritage studies, ecology, and fine art. It serves as an invaluable point of reference for scholars, researchers and graduate students alike, engaging in the field of landscape studies.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415684609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415684606
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a marvellous collection of critical essays which captures the complex interactions we have with landscape; written by leaders in the field it encourages us to reflect on how we perceive, inhabit, manage and belong to landscapes, how they can delight and affect us through their interwoven narratives. The multiple perspectives provided here will enlighten and fascinate anyone interested in this multifaceted field." Professor Peter Davis, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University.

"This diverse and richly textured collection offers a kaleidoscope of landscape understanding-each essay glistening with insight, reflecting and refracting the other contributions. The companion will be a valued resource for landscape scholars and students across a range of disciplines, and is a welcome synthesis of recent thinking about the complex but vital phenomenon of landscape." Professor Simon Swaffield, School of Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University, New Zealand.

About the Author

Professor Peter Howard is now Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscape at Bournemouth University.

Dr Ian Thompson is Reader in Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University.

Dr Emma Waterton holds a Lectureship in Social Science at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in the field of the landscape study 11 April 2013
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written by an exquise group of experts, I recommend it to every landscape architect who is willing to learn about methods and techniques
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