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Institutionalising Geography
Institutionalising Geography
Introduction

What would we do without our councils, boards, committees, societies, associations and institutes? Ours is a highly organised and organising culture, in whose ocean of bureaucracy we all must navigate. Geography has been round long enough for numerous institutions to accrete around its name. Some are now thriving, some dying. It is also old enough for us to wonder at this process.

Geography is as much a pre-modern as a modern enterprise. Both its heady claim to world knowledge and its inclination to take the human and natural world as one, connected, whole, contain echoes of eras less form-filling and fragmentary than our own. Not unrelatedly, geography has a rich popular tradition, sprawling from travellers' tales to environmentalists' direct action. To professionalise geography, ...

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