The complex relations between territory and the social sciences are explained by investigators from different disciplines: geography, economy, sociology and history among them. The current ferment in the social sciences has assigned an increasingly important role to the concept of space. In Geography, History and Social Sciences, established, internationally respected authors demonstrate the renewed vigour of the concept of space within the social sciences in general, and within the historical social sciences in particular.
Consciously situating human geography among these latter, the contributions advocate an integrated vision of societies, taken through the lenses of an interdisciplinary human science. Geography and history, originally united in the pursuit of understanding the concrete forms and developments of societies, are once again brought under the unifying umbrella of a truly spatialised human science. Human geography in particular, which has been asserting itself as a social science over the last 20 years, must be rejuvenated, not only by listening to all the messages that can stimulate its theoretical construction, but also by establishing close relations with all discourses which speak of a society as a whole, made up of differently conditioned historical parts.
Part I: Introduction. 1. Geography, history and social sciences: an introduction; G.B. Benko. Part II: Spatial Thinking in History. 2. Lefebvre, Lacan and the production of space; D. Gregory. 3. World time and world space, or just hegemonic time and space? M. Santos. 4. The language of space; M. Foucault. 5. Geography before geography: Pre-Hellenistic meteors and climates; J.-F. Staszak. 6. Geographical systems and the order of reality; M. Hampl. Part III: Cities and Landscapes in Time. 7. Landscapes as overlapping neighbourhoods; T. Hagerstrand. 8. The urban and the rural: an historical-geographic overview; C.M. Weaver. 9. Space and creativity. "Belle Epoque" Paris: genesis of a world-class artistic centre; P. Claval. 10. From Weimar to Nuremberg: social legitimacy as a spatial process in Germany, 1923-1938; U. Strohmayer. Part IV: Economics. 11. Contemporary acceleration: world-time and world-space; M. Santos. 12. Structural change, theories of regulation and regional development; M.F. Dunford, D. Perrons. 13. Theory of regulation and territory: an historical view; G.B. Benko. Part V: Politics. 14. Territoriality and the state; R.J. Johnston. 15. The spatial and the political: Close encounters; J. Levy. 16. Space and communication: a brief analytical look at the concept of space in the social theory; J. Lazar. Part IV: Conclusion. 17. Conclusion: the spatialization of the social sciences; U. Strohmayer.
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