Australian geography seen from afar: Through a glass darkly

R. J. Johnston

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Having been invited to contribute an external view of Australian geography, I concluded that such a task was impossible - that geographers elsewhere do not have a general view of Australian geography. I maintain that this is neither surprising nor significant, setting the argument within the context of a discipline fragmented along four major cleavage lines. Because of these cleavages, most geographers (like most other academics) work in small intellectual communities which are necessarily 'parochial': as a consequence, the discipline is characterised by a series of parts that do not make a coherent whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1997


  • Australian geography
  • Intellectual communities
  • Intra-disciplinary cleavages


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