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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.

The City
The city
Introduction

It has become something of a cliché to ascertain that we now live in an urban world, where the majority of the world's population resides in settlements described as urban. Given this, it follows logically that the majority of research in human geography relates to cities in some shape or form, and comments on the social, economic or political circumstances faced by urbanised populations. Likewise, the majority of geographical knowledge production occurs in universities and research institutes that are based in cities, making the city both a key venue of geographic knowledge production, as well as its principal field site. Yet despite the fact that the majority of human geographic research can be described as urban – in the sense that it ...

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