19. Space, Territory, Geography

  1. Christopher Falzon2,
  2. Timothy O'Leary3 and
  3. Jana Sawicki4
  1. Jeremy W. Crampton

Published Online: 5 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118324905.ch19

A Companion to Foucault

A Companion to Foucault

How to Cite

Crampton, J. W. (2013) Space, Territory, Geography, in A Companion to Foucault (eds C. Falzon, T. O'Leary and J. Sawicki), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118324905.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Newcastle, Australia

  2. 3

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Williams College, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334067

Online ISBN: 9781118324905



  • discipline;
  • Foucault;
  • geography;
  • governmentality;
  • health;
  • heterotopia;
  • panopticon;
  • space;
  • territory


This chapter offers a brief contextualization of the key terms space, territory, and geography. It examines some of Foucault's most well-known and overt engagements with geography including the heterotopia and spatial partitioning. The chapter explores how Foucault went beyond these concepts to more richly worked geographical analyses in three areas: health, discipline, and governmentality. One of Foucault's most well-known discussions is the treatment he gives to the panopticon in Discipline and Punish, the architectural principle associated with the English social reformer Jeremy Bentham in the late eighteenth century. Foucault's “spatial combat” is not the hidden key to his work, but rather an aspect that he turned to throughout his life as a tool of analysis in order to think through power/knowledge.