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Space and Place
Space and place

The question of space and place in geographical knowledge is ultimately not just about whether the question of ‘where’ matters in the way that ‘when’ does in explaining ‘how’ and even ‘why’ something happens. It is also about how it matters. Given that both space and place are about the ‘where’ of things and their relative invocation has usually signaled different understandings of what ‘where’ means, it is best to examine them together rather than separately. That is the purpose of this chapter.

Contrary perhaps to first appearance, space and place are fairly complex words. The Oxford English Dictionary gives over about two pages to space and around three and a half pages to place. Space is regarded largely as a ...

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