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Globalization, Environment and Sustainability in the AmericasLawrence A. Herzog

Defending the Land of Four Quarters

Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development in the Americas (First Edition)
By Lawrence A. Herzog, Ph. D.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62131-069-3, 112 pages


How have certain nations become overly dependent on foreign investors and external economic forces? Why have they sacrificed self-reliance, and control over their own destinies? The problems of poverty and underdevelopment provide a central, unifying theme for the text Defending the Land of Four Quarters: Globalization, Environment, and Sustainable Development in the Americas.

The book explores and reviews a set of themes associated with the transformation of social and physical environments, and reviews important streams of knowledge about sustainable development using specific examples from Mexico and South America. Topics covered include:

  • Rethinking Development
  • Sustainability, Nature, and Local Culture
  • Nature and Cities
  • Globalization, Design, and the Environmental Impacts of Tourism
  • Sustainability and Regional Development: The Case of Peru
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Policy-Making

The selected readings discuss models for moving past poverty, dependence, and exploitation, and explore pathways to sustainable developmentā€”economic and social growth that respects local and regional culture.

Thoughtful and insightful, Defending the Land of Four Quarters can be used in courses on economic development, Latin American Studies, and sustainability.

Larry Herzog earned his Ph.D. in geography and metropolitan studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Dr. Herzog is a professor of city planning in the School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University. His areas of interest include international policy, urban, regional, and sustainable development, and Latin America. He has written or edited six books on urban planning and design, and global/cross-border development. Dr. Herzog has been a Fulbright Scholar, and a California State University Scholar at the University of Paris. He has served as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Embassy to Mexico.