The Conceptualization of Time and Space in Geographical Social Theory

  • Aharon Kellerman University of Haifa
Keywords: Social Theory, Human Geography, Spatial Practices, Space Consumption, Space Production


Temporal and spatial practices are expressed in experience, perception and imagination. Each of these forms is revealed in several ways. Of particular importance is the interrelationship between space consumption and space production, and between both concepts on the one hand, and space conception, spatiality and sociality on the other. Space concepts of human-geographic social theory may provide for reinterpretations of concepts and findings developed in traditional geography.


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