This text offers readers a short and highly accessible account of the ideas and concepts constituting geography. Drawing out the key themes that define the subject, What is Geography? demonstrates how and why these themes - like environment and geopolitics- are of fundamental importance. Including discussion of both the human and the natural realms, the text looks at key themes like environment, space, and place - as well as geography's methods and the history of the discipline.Introductory but not simplified, What is Geography? will provide students with the ability to understand the history and context of the subject without any prior knowledge. Intended Audience: Designed as a key transitional text for students entering undergraduate courses, this book will be of interest to all readers interested in and intrigued by the "geographical imagination."
Chapter 5: Institutionalising Geography
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, ...