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The Rise and Fall of Urban Geography …

The distinction between urban and rural has been implicit in the recording and understanding of what might be thought of as geographical phenomena since premodern times, yet over a relatively brief 50-year period of professional geographic endeavour, the city and the country have first peaked, and then dramatically receded as explicit venues from which geographical knowledge has spawned. Their value in contemporary geographical analysis may now be more pronounced as locations for specific ideas about and articulations of society and space rather than as distinctive and discrete material components of that society and space.

Although specifically labelled urban and rural geographies only appeared in the twentieth century, we can assume that the significance of urban and rural places ...

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