Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

Chapter 34: Technology as a Keyword

Technology as a Keyword

Technology as a keyword
Scott Kirsch

Introduction

That the world we inhabit is pervasively technological is taken for granted. We conceive of our things, relations, and processes as technological to such an extent that, at nearly every key social site – whether of production, finance, science, medicine, public health, war, policing, intelligence, consumption, politics, media, design, education, or in the home – ‘technology’ constitutes a leading or cutting-edge sector of its own. More, it is also commonly seen as providing fundamental solutions to material problems, whether in the form of a cellphone, hydro-power dam, social media network, composting toilet, or as a vast sum of practical knowledge in its entirety. While a world without technology may be unthinkable today, this chapter is concerned ...

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