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The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge by David N. Livingstone
  

The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge

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The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge by David N. Livingstone

A refreshingly innovative approach to charting geographical knowledge. A wide range of authors trace the social construction and contestation of geographical ideas through the sites of their production and their relational geographies of engagement. This creative and comprehensive book offers an extremely valuable tool to professionals and students alike. - Victoria Lawson, University of Washington A Handbook that recasts geograph's history in original, thought-provoking ways. Eschewing the usual chronological march through leading figures and big ideas, it looks at geography against the backdrop of the places and institutional contexts where it has been produced, and the social-cum-intellectual currents underlying some of its most important concepts. - Alexander B. Murphy, University of Oregon 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. Orientations includes chapters on: Geography - the Genealogy of a Term; Geography's Narratives and Intellectual HistoryGeography's Venues includes chapters on: Field; Laboratory; Observatory; Archive; Centre of Calculation; Mission Station; Battlefield; Museum; Public Sphere; Subaltern Space; Financial Space; Art Studio; Botanical/Zoological Gardens; Learned SocietiesCritical concepts and controversies - includes chapters on: Environmental Determinism; Region; Place; Nature and Culture; Development; Conservation; Geopolitics; Landscape; Time; Cycle of Erosion; Time; Gender; Race/Ethnicity; Social Class; Spatial Analysis; Glaciation; Ice Ages; Map; Climate Change; Urban/Rural. Comprehensive without claiming to be encyclopedic, textured and nuanced, this Handbook will be a key resource for all researchers with an interest in the pasts, presents and futures of geography.

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If we are to take seriously the idea that events, practices, and ideas should not be divorced from their historical and geographical context, then geographical knowledge itself needs to be temporally and spatially situated. Motivated by that proposition, Agnew and Livingston have put together a Handbook that recasts geography's history in original, thought-provoking ways. Eschewing the usual chronological march through leading figures and big ideas, the Handbook looks at geography against the backdrop of the places and institutional contexts where it has been produced, and the social-cum-intellectual currents underlying some of its most important concepts. The result is a book that fleshes out often-neglected aspects of the discipline's history, even as it consistently encourages thinking about the relationship between geographical practices and the places, circumstances, and understandings in which those practices are embeddedAlexander B. MurphyDepartment of Geography, University of Oregon

The Handbook provides a refreshingly innovative approach to charting geographical knowledge. A wide range of authors trace the social construction and contestation of geographical ideas through the sites of their production and their relational geographies of engagement. This creative and comprehensive book offers an extremely valuable tool to professionals and students alikeVictoria LawsonUniversity of Washington


About the Author

Agnew is currently Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA). From 1975 until 1995 he was a professor at Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Agnew teachescourses on political geography, the history of geography, European cities, and the Mediterranean World. My research interests congregate around several related themes: the histories of geographical knowledge, the spatiality of scientific culture, and the historical geographies of science and religion. I am currently involved in writing a social history of climatic determinism from Herodotus to Global Warming under the working title 'The Empire of Climate . This project is funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship.

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Publication date

17th February 2011

Author

David N. Livingstone

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
656 pages

Categories

Geography
The environment

ISBN

9781412910811

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