On disciplinary history and textbooks: Or where has spatial analysis gone?

Ron J. Johnston*

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Abstract

Change within the academic discipline of geography comes about as a result of internal struggles for disciplinary hegemony, for its 'heart and soul' and for resources. One approach to the study of these struggles is through examination of textbooks, authoritative statements of the discipline's contemporary condition. Analysis of a small number of recent texts shows that they reflect a current contest within human geography between two groups, stereotyped as 'spatial analysts' and 'social theorists'. The former are being 'written out' of disciplinary history, despite their continued vitality. Reasons for the continued presence of, and investment in, spatial analysis within human geography are rehearsed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Geographical Studies
Volume38
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000

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