Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Geographic expansion in Nature's Metropolis: A Critique

While looking up Christaller and Von Thunen's theories (upon which Cronon relies heavily in his book Nature's Metropolis),  I came across this critique by Brian Page and Richard Walker, entitled "Nature's Metropolis: The Ghost Dance of Christaller and Von Thunen." The paper asserts that these views are outdated and limiting, and that Cronon underestimates the effects of agents such as "conquest, industrial production, agriculture and capital accumulation" in his exploration of geographic expansion.

Here is the link:
http://oldweb.geog.berkeley.edu/PeopleHistory/faculty/R_Walker/Walker_53.pdf

1 comment:

Jim Tantillo said...

Elizabeth, that's a great review, and I wasn't aware of that special issue of Antipode devoted to Nature's Metropolis. Looks like some other interesting reviews there as well. thanks!