To the question about the scientific explication of geographic space


  • Viacheslav D. Sukhorukov The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
  • Yuri N. Gladkiy The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia



meanings of space, geographic space, geographic praxeology, structural levels of geographic space, geospatial system


The concept of geographic space is fundamental to all areas of geographic knowledge. However, this term is discussed and rarely found in scientific publications, and its interpretation has not yet acquired its final integrity. The authors analyze theoretical views on space as a general scientific category and geographical definition in order to consolidate the understanding of geographical space as a conceptual construct and subject of geographical science. The leading research method uses a qualitative description of the concept under consideration and a comprehensive understanding of the originality of the geographical space. The concept of geographic space is presented taking into account its multidimensional functional features. The main content of the geographical space is highlighted, reflecting the fusion of all earthly spheres that are in interaction. The structural levels of the geographic space are shown. It is emphasized that the urgent task of geographical science is the need to unite knowledge about man, nature and society in the context of spatial interaction. This means that a comprehensive understanding of geographic space enhances interest in the methodological field of geography and strengthens its theoretical foundations. The authors also believe that any independent research topic in geography has inevitable contact with the theory of geographic space.

Author Biographies

Viacheslav D. Sukhorukov, The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

doctor of geographical sciences, professor, head of the department of methods of teaching geography and local lore

Yuri N. Gladkiy, The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

doctor of geographical sciences, professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education, head of the department of economic geography


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Sukhorukov, V. D., & Gladkiy, Y. N. (2021). To the question about the scientific explication of geographic space. REGIONAL GEOSYSTEMS , 45(2), 133-143.




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