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Production of Space

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

Globalization has made it increasingly difficult to understand what is meant by “space” and “place” and how to delineate the two concepts. From a commonsense perspective, a region, a city, or a town may be seen as a “place.” But geographers have become critical of such an understanding. While physical geographers often work with a notion of absolute space, as if it were a merely objective, easily delineated and marked or mapped backdrop to life, in human geography there is a shift toward a notion of space as brought into existence by economic, political, and social relations.

This attention given to the social production of space by human geographers and the increasing popularity of this theme relate to globalization. Globalization brought about the idea that we ...

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