Regions, 18th Edition

Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts, 18th Edition Book Cover

Regions, 18th Edition

By Jan Nijman, Michael Shin, and Peter O. Muller

$69  USD | $89  CAN

Since its first appearance, Regions has consistently broken new ground in the interpretation and teaching of world regional geography.  In 18th edition of this title, Regions, as it has come to be called, continues to lead the market with its dynamic new author team, updated content and a new online platform.

For more than four decades, Regions has explained the contemporary world’s geographic realms and their natural environments and human dimensions.  The book was the first to introduce an approach to Geography that meshes theoretical concepts with regional realities. The evolving regional content of the chapters in the new edition reflects the dynamic nature of the world’s geography; the changing and growing number of concepts mirror the progress of the discipline; and the ongoing introduction of new digital features reflects the instructional possibilities of new technologies.

Regions, 18th Edition, is now available with the new WileyPLUS platform which provides instructors with the freedom and flexibility to tailor curated content, and easily customize the course with their own material. It offers today’s digital students with a clear learning path through the course and offers a rich variety of online resources such as on-location videos, author insight videos, interactive maps and graphics—all designed to enrich their learning experience.

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New! Interactive Maps and Graphics Increase Engagement and Comprehension.

A wealth of interactive maps and other interactive graphics that were created by the authors help students learn about the people and places of the world, and the relevant geographic issues explored in the text, in an engaging way. These interactives can be used as the basis for class discussion, online discussion threads, and written assignments. Used as the basis for Geographic Information Analysis activities throughout the text and as the stimulus for assignable questions in WileyPLUS, the interactives reinforce concepts, stimulate curiosity, and encourage students to engage actively, independently, and critically with the topics they’re exploring.

On-Location videos bring course content to life.

On-Location videos, filmed by the author team during their field work, help to immerse the students in a part of the world that they may have never seen before.

Author Insights Videos

Recorded by authors Jan Nijman and Michael Shin, these videos provide instructors and students with a ready-to-use tool to get started on a chapter – especially in an online environment. Found in the WileyPLUS Course Resources, each chapter will have two brief author-created video lectures that integrate audio narrative and key visuals from the text – the first designed to pique the students’ interest by ‘taking’ them into the realm covered in that chapter, and the second focused on a conceptual issue in that chapter. Each lecture is accompanied with separate guidance for the instructor, suggesting concrete ways to use the lectures as a springboard for discussion or assignments.

    Also Featured in WileyPLUS:

  • Self-Scoring Practice:   The Practice tab of each chapter section module gives students a set of questions they can use for self-assessment as they explore the corresponding chapter section and allow them to see what they still need to master before completing higher-stakes online assignments.
  • Pre-created Assignments allow instructors to save time by choosing from an extensive bank of assignments they can to add to their course. These assignments often highlight questions with embedded audio or video and links to the text.

    Other Features Include:

  • Technology & Geography: This feature illustrates the impact of evolving technologies (digital or otherwise) on geography and geographic regions, and underscores the dynamic nature of the subject matter in this book: regions change, and the role or meaning of geography can change as result of new technologies.
  • Regional Planning Case: Regional planning represents a deliberate effort to shape or reshape our environment and as such it is an intrinsic part of geography. The importance of this feature lies in the recognition of the practitioner’s perspective: as geographers, we not only seek to better understand the world around us—our knowledge is also applied to actively change it.
  • From the Field Notes: offer important first-hand observations from the field by the authors, who travel extensively and bring their photos from the field, and geographic perceptions to this feature.
  • Major Cities from the Realm: provide a listing of main cities and population
  • Regional Issues: offer a debate forum on critical contentious issues in the realm
  • Among the Great Cities of the Realm: provides concise case studies of the realm’s major metropolitan areas.
Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman is the founding director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University (GSU) where he holds the position of Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences. A native of the Netherlands, Nijman received his M.A. degree in geography from the University of Amsterdam, and his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining GSU, he spearheaded urban research and teaching programs at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Miami. He presently holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Nijman is the author of five books and more than 100 other publications in a wide range of international journals such as IJURR, Annals of the AAG, Cities, Regional Studies, and Urban Geography. His primary research interests are in urban theory, urban and regional development, and global comparative urban studies, with regional expertise and extensive field work experience in North America, West Europe, and South Asia.

His work has been funded by various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society, Guggenheim Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Dutch National Science Foundation. Current research projects focus on suburbanization and metropolitan transformations in the United States and Canada; the historical origins and future prospects of Amsterdam’s 400-year old designed Canal District; and the relationship between urbanization and development in India.

Nijman’s professional honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in the United States, the University Teaching Award at the University of Miami, and the J.B. Jackson book award from the Association of American Geographers. He has long been affiliated with the National Geographic Society, first as a member of the Committee for Research & Exploration (2002-2011) and as chair of National Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe since 2011.

Peter O. Muller was born in England and grew up in New York City. He received his B.A. from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. After 14 years on the faculties of Villanova and Temple Universities, in 1980 he moved from the Philadelphia area to become Professor (and Department Chair for the next 20 years) of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He became Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2016, a year that also marked the 40th anniversary of his still unfolding career as a Wiley author.

Muller has published widely in the fields of urban and economic geography, specializing in suburbanization processes and the changing structure of the American metropolis. He is Honorary Editor of the journal, Urban Geography, which he served as co-editor from 2003 to 2012. He also served jointly as Book Review Editor for both journals of the American Association of Geographers from 2000 to 2012. He has co-authored every edition of Regions since 1985 as well as multiple editions of other textbooks in world regional, physical, economic, and urban geography. He also served as academic production consultant for the original Annenberg/Corporation of Public Broadcasting video series, The Power of Place, which focuses on world regional geography.

Michael Shin is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research and teaching interests include political geography, geospatial information systems and technology, spatial analysis, and Italy.

  1. World Regional Geography: A Global Perspective
  2. The North American Realm
  3. The Middle American Realm
  4. The South American Realm
  5. The European Realm
  6. The Russian/Central Asian Realm
  7. The North African/Southwest Asian Realm
  8. The Subsaharan African Realm
  9. The South Asian Realm
  10. The East Asian Realm
  11. The Southeast Asian Realm
  12. The Austral Realm
  13. Pacific Realm and Polar Futures

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