By John Agnew, Jonathan M. Smith
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The world has never been a level playing field” (Landes 1998: 4, 6). The quality of the earth’s surface as human habitation is highly uneven, and although all human groups have shown remarkable ingenuit y in making the most of their allotment, this fundamental environmental inequalit y has contributed to even grosser inequalities of productivit y and wealth between human societies. “All human societies contain inventive people,” physiologist Jared Diamond writes, “it’s just that some environments provide more starting material, and more favorable conditions for utilizing inventions, than do other environments” (Diamond 1997: 408).
Nature in America is not what it used to be. This is not to say that the 22 Environmental ideals and realities observed regularities of the natural order have been suspended, which would be absurd, or to say that natural systems have been deeply altered, which would be truistic, but rather to say that nature no longer means what it once meant. Always a somewhat vague and vagrant category, nature has once again shifted its ground. Many aspects of this change in the meaning of nature fall outside the purview of geography, and of this book, but at least two pertain directly to the geography of the United States at the beginning of the twent y-first century.
American Space American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States by John Agnew, Jonathan M. Smith