Published in association with the journal Progress in Human Geography, edited and written by the principal scholars in the discipline, this Handbook demonstrates the difference that thinking about the world geographically makes. Each section considers how human geography shapes the world, interrogates it, and intervenes in it. It includes a major retrospective and prospective introductory essay, with three substantive sections on: Imagining Human Geographies Practising Human Geographies Living Human Geographies The Handbook also has an innovative multimedia component of conversations about key issues in human geography – as well as an overview of human geography from the Editors. A key reference for any scholar interested in questions about what difference it makes to think spatially or geographically about the world, this Handbook is a rich and textured statement about the geographical imagination.
Chapter 21: Society
Space and time are always and everywhere social. Society is always and everywhere spatial and temporal. (Thrift 1983, 49)
Society, as a term, occupies a paradoxical place in human geography.1 On the one hand, as Nigel Thrift’s aphorism suggests, society is ‘everywhere spatial’ and, thus, foundational to geography’s interest in human interactions ...