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Cross-Disciplinarity in Australian Geography: Presidential Address to the Institute of Australian Geographers' Conference, Melbourne, July 2007

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Kirkpatrick, JB (2007) Cross-Disciplinarity in Australian Geography: Presidential Address to the Institute of Australian Geographers' Conference, Melbourne, July 2007. Geographical Research, 45 (3). pp. 211-216. ISSN 1745-5863

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Abstract

The disciplinary space that geographers conceive to be theirs has all been previously possessed, or latterly colonised, by other disciplines. Geographers defend their existence on the basis of their oft-asserted, but never tested, cross-disciplinarity. The journals in which refereed papers were published by members of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) and the papers in Australian Geographical Studies were analysed for the period 1998-2002 to test the hypothesis of cross-disciplinarity in both subject and method. IAG members do strongly tend to publish in more than one disciplinary area, and a large proportion of papers in Australian Geographical Studies are integrative across subdisciplines in geography, with many using more than one methodological approach. However, transgression of the physical geography/human geography divide was sufficiently uncommon to create a statistical break between sets of subdisciplines. Based on the data used in the present paper, Australian geographers can make a case for being members of a vital, integrative discipline, likely to make substantial advances in the hybrid spaces.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: geography; discipline; subdiscipline; cross-disciplinarity; methodology
Journal or Publication Title: Geographical Research
Page Range: pp. 211-216
ISSN: 1745-5863
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2007.00455.x
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:21
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