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The SAGE Handbook of Social Geographies

The SAGE Handbook of Social Geographies

First Edition
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632 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The social relations of difference – from race and class to gender and inequality – is at the heart of the concept of social geography and this Handbook reconsiders and redirects research in the discipline while examining the changing ideas of individuals and their relationship with structures of power. Organized into five sections, The SAGE Handbook of Social Geographies maps out the 'connections' anchored in social geography:

  • Difference and diversity builds on enduring ideas of the structuring of social relations and examines the ruptures and rifts, and continuities and connections around social divisions.
  • Economy and society rethinks the sociality, subjectivity, and placement of money, markets, price, and value.
  • Geographies of wellbeing builds from a foundation of work on the spaces of fear, anxiety, and disease towards newer concerns with geographies of health, resilience, and contentment.
  • Geographies of social justice connects ideas through an examination of the possibilities and practicalities of normative theory and frames the central notion of Social geography, that things always could and should be different.
  • Doing social geography is not exploring the 'how to' of research, but rather the entanglement of it with practicalities, moralities, and politics.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Geographies is for academics, researchers, practitioners, and postgraduates in geography, sociology and cultural studies.

Susan J Smith et al
Introduction: Situating Social Geographies
John Paul Jones III
Introduction: Social Geographies of Difference
Linda Peake
Gender, Race, Sexuality
Rachel Pain and Peter Hopkins
Social Geographies of Age and Ageism: Landscapes, Lifecourses and Justice
Muchael L Dorn and Carla C Keirns
Disability, Health and Citizenship
Audrey Kobayashi and Sarah de Leeuw
Tensioned Landscapes and Contested Identities: Social Geographies of Difference and Relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples
Katie D Willis
Social Collisions
Keith Woodward and Jennifer Lea
Geographies of Affect
Paul Robbins and Brian Marks
Assemblage Geographies
Susan J Smith
Introduction: Into the Black Box
Roger Lee
Economic Society/Social
Paul Bennet
Geography Geographies of Financial Risk and Exclusion
Nancy Ettlinger
Emotional Economic Geographies
David B Clarke
The Limits to Value
Clive Barnett
Publics and Markets: What's Wrong with Neoliberalism?
Rachel Pain and Susan J Smith
Robin A Kearns and Gavin J Andrews
Geographies of Well-Being
Rich Mitchell
Health, Risk and Resilience
Nicola Ansell
Young People, Care and Social Well-Being
Joyce Davidson
Phobias and Safe-Keeping: Exploring Emotional Intersections between Selves and Spaces
Hille Koskela
Fear and Its Others
Sallie A Marston
Marv Waterstone
Geography and Social Justice
Jeff Popke
The Spaces of Being In-Common: Ethics and Social Geography
Richard Howitt and Michael Hillman
Evironmental Justice and The Commons
Nicholas R Fyfe
Crime and the 'Re-Moralization of City Spaces'
Amy Ross
A Social Geography of Human Rights
Rachel Pain
Sara Kindon
Lynn A Staeheli and Don Mitchell
Kathryn Besio
The Politics and Ethics of Trust in Geographic Research
Mei-Po Kwan
Kath Browne, with Leela Bakshi and Arthur Law
Positionalities: It's Not about Them, It's about Us

With clarity and confidence, this vibrant volume summons up 'the social' in Geography in ways that will excite students and scholars alike. Here the social is populated not only by society, but by culture, nature, economy and politics. It proliferates and pulses through diverse domains of geographic analysis and concern. The Handbook of Social Geography is a rich resource that maps a field and moves it on
Kay Anderson
University of Western Sydney

This is a remarkable collection, full of intellectual gems. It not only summarises the field of social geography, and restates its importance, but also produces a manifesto for how the field should look in the future
Nigel Thrift
Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

The book aims to be accessible to students and specialists alike. Its success lies in

emphasizing the crossovers between geography and social studies. The good editorial work is evident and the participating contributors are well-established scholars in their respective fields
Miron M. Denan
Geography Research Forum

An excellent handbook that will attract a diversity of readers. It will inspire undergraduate/postgraduate students and stimulate lecturers/researchers interested in the complexity and diversity of the social realm. On the otherhand, the book will also satisfy the curiosity of anyone with an interest in issues of social difference, social economies, well-being and social justice...I strongly recommend the Sage Handbook of Social Geography because its creative and selective approach invites reflection curiosity and eagerness to explore the constitution and multidimensional nature of the social in ways that move beyond the politics of identity and resistance. As the first of its kind in the sub-discipline, it is a book that is enjoyable to read and will definitely add value to a personal or library collection
Michele Lobo
New Zealand Geographer

Sample Materials & Chapters


Susan J Smith

In addition to a research career spanning more than 20 years, Professor Smith is experienced in research management, research strategy, and research assessment of all kinds. She has contributed to the work of the ESRC (Research Grants Board, Professorial Fellowships Commissioning Panel, Public Services Programme Commissioning Panel), HEFCE (as a panel member in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises), the Leverhulme Trust (Philip Leverhulme Prize panel), and to research development and monitoring in HEIs within and beyond the UK. She also has a wide-ranging teaching and examining portfolio, at all levels, in a variety of topics. More About Author

Rachel Pain

Born in Northumberland and brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I have lived in the North East for most of my life. I completed my first degree in geography at Lancaster University and PhD at the University of Edinburgh, then worked as a lecturer in geography at Northumbria University before moving to Durham in 2000. Here, I teach at undergraduate level, supervise PhD students, and am Co-Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.... More About Author

Sallie A. Marston

John-Paul Jones III

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