Rubenstein, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, AP® Edition, 10e ©2011

Rubenstein, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, AP® Edition, 10e ©2011

Features and Benefits

Cultural Issues Focus

The text integrates descriptive explanations of particular locations and systematic explanations of theories and techniques within a topical issues approach.


Relevant to Today’s World

The Cultural Landscape introduces geography as a social science by emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems. The relationship between globalization and cultural diversity underlies the material and pedagogy throughout reinforces geography skills.


Exceptional AP* Coverage and Practice 

The AP* Edition includes a correlation at the front of the book to key textbook pages to AP*

course topics. The AP* Test Prep Workbook, written specifically for The Cultural Landscape,

helps students to master the essential knowledge and skills they will need for success

on the exam.


AP* Supplements

AP* Instructors Resource DVD includes: Instructors Manual, AP* Test Gen, AP* Test Bank, PowerPoints®

Student Practice: AP* Test Prep Workbook


Exceptional Media Resource 

MyGeoSciencePlace™ offers a variety of resources for students and teachers, including Pearson eText, assignable interactive maps, review exercises, critical-thinking problems, videos correlated to chapter content (and related assessment), annotated resources for further exploration, and more!


Program Structure

The book discusses the following main topics:


What basic concepts do geographers use? Chapter 1 provides an introduction to ways that geographers think about the world. Geographers employ several concepts to describe the distribution of people and activities across Earth, to explain reasons underlying the observed distribution, and to understand the significance of the arrangements.


Where are people located in the world? Chapters 2 and 3 examine the distribution and growth of the world’s population, as well as the movement of people from one place to another. Why do some places on Earth contain large numbers of people or attract newcomers while other places are sparsely inhabited?


How are different cultural groups distributed? Chapters 4 through 8 analyze the distribution of different cultural traits and beliefs and the problems that result from those spatial patterns. Important cultural traits discussed in Chapter 4 include food, clothing, shelter, and leisure activities. Chapters 5 through 7 examine three main elements of cultural identity: language, religion, and ethnicity. Chapter 8 looks at political problems that arise from cultural diversity. Geographers look for similarities and differences in the cultural features at different places, the reasons for their distribution, and the importance of these differences for world peace.


How do people earn a living in different parts of the world? Human survival depends on acquiring an adequate food supply. One of the most significant distinctions in the world is whether people produce their food directly from the land or buy it with money earned by performing other types of work. Chapters 9



through 12 look at the three main ways of earning a living: agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Chapter 13 discusses cities, the centers for economic as well as cultural activities.


What issues result from using Earth’s resources? The final chapter is devoted to a study of issues related to the use of Earth’s natural resources. Geographers recognize that cultural problems result from the depletion, destruction, and inefficient use of the world’s natural resources.


Exceptionally Clear Chapter Organization


Key Issues – address points around which material is organized; questions reappear as major 
  headings and include “where” or “why” questions essential to the study of geography. Each chapter is organized around a set of three or four key issues. All issues include one of the two

key geographic concerns: where or why? These questions reappear as major headings within the

chapter and are revisited in the end-of-chapter Summary.


• Chapter-Opening Case Study – illustrates key concepts and is generally drawn from news events
  or daily experiences familiar to students.


• Contemporary Geographic Tools – examines how tools such as geographic information systems, 
  aerial photography, and remotely sensed images help to resolve or explain issues discussed. Each chapter also contains a box that examines how geographic tools, such as geographic information systems, aerial photography, and remotely sensed images, have been used to resolve—or at least understand—cultural, political, and economic issues discussed in the chapter.


Global Forces, Local Impacts – explore in depth an issue related to the subject while focusing on a particular region of the world. Each chapter has a one-page box that explores in depth an issue related to the interplay between the cultural and economic forces that push toward greater global unity while at the same time preserving a diverse local landscape.


Case Study Revisited – reinforces the main points of the case study with additional, relevant  information. Each chapter opens with a case study that illustrates some of the key concepts presented in the text. The case studies are generally drawn from news events or issues that will interest AP students. Each case study is revisited at the end of the chapter, where additional related information may be used

to reinforce some of the main points.


Summaries – reinforce key issues with a brief review of important concepts.


Thinking Geographically – presents questions based on concepts and themes and helps  students apply concepts to explore issues. The Thinking Geographically end-of-chapter section offers five questions based on concepts and themes developed in the chapter. The questions help AP students apply geographic concepts to explore issues more intensively.


Key Terms – defined at the end of each chapter. The key terms in each chapter are indicated in bold type when they are introduced. These terms are also defined at the end of the chapter and again at the end of the book.


Resources Section – recommends books and journal articles for further reading, as well as Web 

sites relevant to the theme of the chapter. Key Internet sites related to the topic are provided at the end of each chapter, as well as a list of books and articles for AP students who wish to study the subject further.