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ERIC Number: EJ863120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Remapping Geography
Smith, Jonathan M.; Norwine, Jim
Academic Questions, v22 n4 p431-441 Dec 2009
Little that occurs in contemporary academic geography will surprise members of the National Association of Scholars, for a large part of the field has joined the other humanities and social sciences in the bawdy saloon of progressive politics, cultural nihilism, and subjective epistemology. That geographers are in there roistering with the literary critics and women's studiers may surprise those who expect them mainly to be experts in river lengths and major exports, but no one will be surprised by the songs geographers are singing as they clank flagons with other progressive scholars. The authors begin with a description of contemporary cultural geography and close with an analysis. Their description admittedly dwells on striking examples, but these examples are emblematic of pervasive beliefs and attitudes. Not one is fanciful, overdrawn, or anomalous. Radical politics and cultural subversion are not ubiquitous in cultural geography, but they are abundantly present and more than welcome. Here as elsewhere in the university, the prevalent opinion is that there are no enemies to the left (and no intelligent life to the right). This essay may be read simply as a depressing report of the spread of a deplorable fad to yet another academic field, but the authors believe that something more can be learned from the case of cultural geography due to the peculiarities of the field. In their analysis the authors explain why cultural geography has been so susceptible to cultural nihilism, why its small size has made it an easy conquest for progressive politics, and why its peculiar understanding of interdisciplinary research has been favorable to subjective epistemology. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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