Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape: Readings and by William M. Denevan, Kent Mathewson

By William M. Denevan, Kent Mathewson

Perhaps probably the most specified and studied geographers of the 20th century, Carl O. Sauer (1889--1975) had effect that extends well past the confines of anybody self-discipline. With a spotlight on ancient and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered compliment from poets, ordinary historians, and social scientists alike who proceed to discover Sauer's paintings. In Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's unique works, together with infrequent early writings, articles in now mostly inaccessible courses, and transcriptions of key oral displays that stay little known.

A scholar of the relationships among land and lifestyles, humans and areas, Sauer helped identify panorama experiences in cultural geography and lead the way for paradigmatic shifts within the scholarly evaluate of local American background. through strongly advocating a land ethic, "a accountable stewardship of the maintaining earth," for his personal and for destiny generations, Carl Sauer provided an esthetic purpose and a ancient standpoint to the environmental movement.

The quantity opens with prolonged essays on Sauer's critics and his works. Essays through well known geographers and different gurus on Sauer introduce every one element of the ebook, including a latest aspect to the presentation and interpretation of Sauer's lifestyles and scholarship in parts similar to soil conservation, guy in nature, and cultivated crops. a whole bibliography of his courses and an in depth compilation of commentaries on his lifestyles and paintings make this an critical reference.

Carl Sauer on tradition and panorama sheds new mild on Sauer's contributions to the historical past of geographic suggestion, sustainable land use, and the significance of organic and cultural range -- all of which stay key concerns today.

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Thus, the Berkeley tradition in geography has not stood in opposition to those aspects of the postmodernist project that have privileged culture and ethnicity and concern for the environment. That prescience of the Sauerians has not, however, extended to the disregard of the empirical fact favored by social theorists, some of whom call themselves cultural geographers.

A short essay titled “Coconuts on a Lava Flow in the Chiricahua Mountains” appears in a 2002 collection of Symanski’s essays. He revisits the case of the coconut, and Sauer’s relations with Henry Bruman, his former doctoral student who championed an Old World origin for its domestication. Symanski also unearths a field episode from the 1920s in which Sauer overrode a student’s interpretation of local geology, thus putatively demonstrating disregard for the evidence as well as pulling rank with a subordinate.

William Denevan, a student of Parsons, has published or republished three of his own monographs in Spanish plus several articles in Spanish or Portuguese. Brazilian geographers Roberto Lobato and Zeny Rosenthal are publishing some of Sauer’s methodological writings in Portugese. It will be interesting to see to what extent this foreign exposure generates new work along old lines, or if hybrid forms develop. 10. , 2003) depicts an above-ground tomb in New Orleans with the inscription in Gothic script “Here Lies Cultural Geography, Born 1925, Died 2002.

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