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Social Geography

  • By: Valerie Preston
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Social geography is the branch of human geography that analyzes social phenomena in space, both tangible artifacts and intangible phenomena. It involves the study of a wide variety of social phenomena ranging from individual children and adults to social problems such as poverty and crime. In all instances, social geographers are interested in the ways in which space and place shape social phenomena and, in turn, how social phenomena influence the construction of places and space. This two-way relationship has been examined in diverse settings around the world and by analyzing a wide variety of social phenomena. Social geography plays a crucial role in human and physical geography, reminding us that all geographies reflect the influence of people and the social organizations within which they ...

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