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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.

Laboratory/Observatory
Laboratory/observatory
Introduction

In considering the settings where geographical knowledge is produced, the laboratory and the observatory appear, at first glance, as places safely ignored. While geography developed as a science describing and explaining variation across the earth's surface, laboratories, it has been argued, are spaces designed precisely for overcoming geographical variation, chiefly through experimental technologies and rhetorics of replicability and standardization. It is perhaps the mark of their success that knowledge produced in laboratories appears to come from nowhere, and to be applicable anywhere. The observatory, another great fixed site of modern science, has historically been oriented toward what is now ‘outer space’, not the terrestrial sphere of geography. As spaces for science's technological instrumentation, and as models for the organization of scientific work, the laboratory ...

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