Geography's emerging cross-disciplinary links: Process, causes, outcomes and challenges

Holmes, J. H. (2002) Geography's emerging cross-disciplinary links: Process, causes, outcomes and challenges. Australian Geographical Studies, 40 1: 2-20. doi:10.1111/1467-8470.00157


Author Holmes, J. H.
Title Geography's emerging cross-disciplinary links: Process, causes, outcomes and challenges
Journal name Australian Geographical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9190
Publication date 2002-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8470.00157
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 2
End page 20
Total pages 19
Editor R. Jones
A. Conacher
G. Curry
Place of publication U.K.
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject C1
370401 Urban and Regional Studies
740301 Higher education
1604 Human Geography
Abstract In Australian universities the discipline of Geography has been the pace-setter in forging cross-disciplinary links to create multidisciplinary departments and schools, well ahead of other disciplines in humanities, social sciences and sciences, and also to a greater extent than in comparable overseas university systems. Details on all cross-disciplinary links and on immediate outcomes have been obtained by surveys of all heads of departments/schools with undergraduate Geography programs. These programs have traced their own distinctive trajectories, with ramifying links to cognate fields of enquiry, achieved through mergers, transfers, internal initiatives and, more recently, faculty-wide restructuring to create supradisciplinary schools. Geography's `exceptionalism' has proved short-lived. Disciplinary flux is now extending more widely within Australian universities, driven by a variety of internal and external forces, including: intellectual questioning and new ways of constituting knowledge; technological change and the information revolution; the growth of instrumentalism and credentialism, and managerialism and entre-preneurial imperatives; reinforced by a powerful budgetary squeeze. Geographers are proving highly adaptive in pursuit of cross-disciplinary connections, offering analytical tools and selected disciplinary insights useful to non-geographers. However, this may be at cost to undergraduate programs focussing on Geography's intellectual core. Whereas formerly Geography had high reproductive capacity but low instrumental value it may now be in a phase of enhanced utility but perilously low reproductive capacity.
Q-Index Code C1

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