Fragmentation around a defended core: The territoriality of Geography

R. J. Johnston*

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Geography, like all other academic disciplines, is fragmented into a large number of specialist communities, within which research occurs and individual careers are structured: Geography is characterized by at least four cleavages. Such fragmentation is necessary to scientific progress, but threatens the discipline's status and funding within academia, hence the attempts to defend Geography's territory within the academic division of labour. Geography's situation may be more acute than that for many other disciplines, because of its multifarious external links.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalGeographical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998


  • Fragmentation
  • Geography
  • Specialization
  • Territoriality


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