International Perspectives in Geography

Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future

Lectures Given at the Plenary Sessions of the International Geographical Union Kyoto Regional Conference, 2013

Editors: Okamoto, Kohei, Ishikawa, Yoshitaka (Eds.)

  • Introduces international front-line debates on environmental issues
  • Presents lessons learned from The Great East Japan Earthquake
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The title of this book, Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future, is from the theme of the 2013 Kyoto Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union. Over the past few decades, globalization has strengthened connections among countries and regions of the world and has greatly changed existing geographies. However, this trend has also fostered various problems on a regional or global scale, such as economic imbalance, social fragmentation, political conflicts, and environmental crises. While acknowledging the world’s diversity, geography as a discipline must endeavor to resolve these problems by devising plans for cooperation and symbiotic existence of the different peoples of the world. An old Japanese proverb, On-ko chi-shin, taken from a Chinese one, Wengu Zhixin, says that only by exploring the old can one understand the new. People should first understand how traditional ideas, linked to interaction between society/culture and the environment, were formed in different countries and regions. Traditional wisdom, in harmony with the environment, remains prevalent. This book examines how we can mold the earth’s future through such traditional wisdom and modern knowledge from the nine keynote speeches of the Kyoto Regional Conference focusing on three topics: traditional wisdom, the environment, and the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Why There Were Not Originally in the Japanese Language Equivalents to the Words ‘Environment’ and ‘Nature’

    Senda, Minoru

    Pages 1-21

  • The Tradition Wisdom of the Chinese Calendar and Urban Development in Ancient China

    Jianxiong, Ge

    Pages 23-33

  • A Better Future for Humanity: A Viewpoint From Geography

    Pitte, Jean-Robert

    Pages 35-50

  • Biodiversity, Native Domestic Animals, and Livelihood in Monsoon Asia: Pig Pastoralism in the Bengal Delta of Bangladesh

    Ikeya, Kazunobu

    Pages 51-77

  • Plural Knowledges and Modernity: Social Difference and Geographical Explanations

    Radcliffe, Sarah A.

    Pages 79-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future
Book Subtitle
Lectures Given at the Plenary Sessions of the International Geographical Union Kyoto Regional Conference, 2013
Editors
  • Kohei Okamoto
  • Yoshitaka Ishikawa
Series Title
International Perspectives in Geography
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54406-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54406-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54405-0
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56352-5
Series ISSN
2197-7798
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 212
Number of Illustrations and Tables
29 b/w illustrations, 87 illustrations in colour
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