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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, Cross-Disciplinarity in Australian Geography Presidential Address to the Institute of Australian Geographers' Conference, Melbourne, July 2007, Geographical Research, 45, (3) pp. 211-126. ISSN 1745-5863 (2007) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1745-5871.2007.00455.x

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. © 2007 The AuthorJournal compilation © 2007 Institute of Australian Geographers.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other Environmental Sciences
Research Field:Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:48968
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2007-11-08
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