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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.

Landform
Landform
Introduction

Landform, or at larger scales, landscape, straddles the worlds of the familiar and the esoteric, the here-and-now and the distant in space and time, the empirical and the imaginative. Scientists have often struggled to decide the appropriate questions to ask about the origin, significance and wider relationships of landforms: questions to separate expert from popular knowledge, to distinguish scientific study of landforms from its roots in mapping and regional description, or to repulse threats from other disciplines. ‘Pure’ representations of surface form alone (e.g. Savigear 1965) do not satisfy those who wish to progress beyond ‘mere description’. Similarly, illustration is not explanation – although innovations in visual representations of landform did much to facilitate and popularise the nascent earth sciences (Rudwick 1976). By convention, ...

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