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.

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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