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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.

Geography's Narratives and Intellectual History
Geography's narratives and intellectual history
Introduction

‘Geography’ is easy to define literally. From the Greek, ‘geos’, the Earth, and ‘graphos’, or ‘graphein’, ‘to write’, geography means ‘Earth description’ or ‘writing about the Earth’. Yet even a moment's glance at the modern subject of geography, with its principal division into human and physical and its many specialist sub-divisions, reveals that the practical expression of this definition varies considerably. Moreover, what has been understood as ‘geography’ has changed over time. Where the literal definition has been constant, differing interpretations have been offered at different times in different places by different people as to geography's content and purpose, over what it does and for whom. Modern professional geographers and students commonly refer, for example to ...

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