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 48: Craft and Practice

Craft and Practice

Craft and practice
Nicola J. Thomas


Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the practices, places, cultures and geographies of making. In part, this interest marks the creative turn in geography, which has endeavoured to critically re-engage with materials, practice, process and experience (see, for example, Price and Hawkins 2018). It also responds to the rise of critical engagement with the creative industries and the connection between creativity, skilled labour and economic production. Alongside this is a shift in contemporary zeitgeist around responses to financial and environmental sustainability, post-capitalist relations, and a return to the handmade and slow craft practice. Learning to repair, finding ways to reuse materials and developing skills to do these tasks has become part of the dialogue ...

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