Applied geography in 20th century North America: A perspective

  • John W. Frazier
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 77)


Applied geography in North America, especially in the United States, experienced a resurgence during the last quarter of the 20th century. After being well established pre-1955, its visibility within academic geography declined after 1955, resulting in confusion over its purpose and practice. Prominent North American academic geographers practiced geography during the 1920s–1950s as government employees and consultants. Applied geography was recognized within the formal literature of the discipline as a key dimension of the subject. Also, prior to 1955, applied geography had become institutionalized as worthwhile practice within the private and non-academic settings.


Spatial Theory Homeland Security Geographic Research Social Relevance Geographic Knowledge 
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