Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter Meusburger, Benno Werlen
    Pages 1-30 Open Access
  3. Benno Werlen
    Pages 31-56 Open Access
  4. Huib Ernste
    Pages 57-66 Open Access
  5. Gunnar Olsson
    Pages 67-88 Open Access
  6. Joachim Funke
    Pages 99-111 Open Access
  7. Nico Stehr
    Pages 113-125 Open Access
  8. Ralph Hertwig, Renato Frey
    Pages 127-143 Open Access
  9. Anand Krishna, Fritz Strack
    Pages 145-167 Open Access
  10. Frank Wieber, Peter M. Gollwitzer
    Pages 169-183 Open Access
  11. Tilman Reitz
    Pages 185-201 Open Access
  12. Peter Gärdenfors
    Pages 203-219 Open Access
  13. Ariane Berthoin Antal, Victor J. Friedman
    Pages 221-251 Open Access
  14. Heidrun Mollenkopf, Annette Hieber, Hans-Werner Wahl
    Pages 267-289 Open Access
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 291-300

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experimental outcomes.  

Readers will gain insight into key questions such as: How does knowledge function as a prerequisite for action? Why are knowledge gaps growing and not diminishing in a knowledge society? How much knowledge is necessary for action? How do various types of knowledge influence the steps from cognition to action? How do different representations of knowledge shape action? What impact have spatial conditions for the formation of knowledge? What is the relationship between social and geographical space? The contributors consider rationality in social and economic theories as well as in everyday life. Attention is also given to action theoretic approaches and rationality from the viewpoints of psychology, post-structuralism, and human geography, making this an attractive book for students, researchers and academics of various backgrounds. 


Knowledge and action Action theory Social functions of knowledge Psychology of knowledge Geographies of knowledge Behavioral research

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Meusburger
    • 1
  • Benno Werlen
    • 2
  • Laura Suarsana
    • 3
  1. 1.Geographisches InstitutUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Jena Department of GeographyJenaGermany
  3. 3.Department of GeographyHeidelberg University Department of GeographyHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44587-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44588-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9220
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