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.

The Field

The field

To Bodily Go

One answer we could be given if we ask why the physical sciences are so successful is that they define their own rules for experimental closure in such a way that they can pose tractable questions. The laboratory and its apparatus narrow the field of view, and allow deliberate exercise of control to facilitate prediction and explanation. For other classes of science – environmental and earth sciences, physical and human geography, social sciences – the laboratory is ‘out there’ in the world, uncontrolled, even uncontrollable. In the human sciences, field sites are even occupied by human agents who would normally be excluded from a laboratory space, but whose presence in a field area could be just as directly and indirectly ...

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