The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge is a critical inquiry into how Geography as a field of knowledge has been produced, re-produced, and re-imagined. It comprises three sections on Geographical Orientations, Geography’s Venues, and Critical Geographical Concepts and Controversies. The first provides an overview of the genealogy of ‘geography.' The second highlights the types of spatial settings and locations in which geographical knowledge has been produced. The third focuses on venues of primary importance in the historical geography of geographical thought.

Nature and Society

Nature and society


How are society and nature related? How and why do the relationships vary over time and across space? Together, these questions virtually defined the focus and raison d'être of academic geography when it first gained a toe-hold in Western universities over a century ago. Today, they remain key questions for many geographers – and the stakes are not purely academic. When, in 1864, George Perkins Marsh published Man and Nature, or Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action he was in a distinct minority. In the early twenty-first century, by contrast, his warnings about humanity's capacity to cause irreversible changes to ecosystems and habitats are hardly out of place. Indeed, Marsh's concerns about our treatment of the biophysical world are ...

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