Dialectics and Geography

  • B. Marchand
Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 20)

Abstract

During the 1960’s, geography in English speaking countries enjoyed a period of development and enthusiasm without precedent: with new generations flooding the universities and dissent shaking the campuses, old structures seemed ready to crumble and even among academic geographers, new ideas were welcome, sometimes hungrily looked for. Then, the middle-class, in western Europe and North America, became frightened by its own boldness and, moved by changes in the economy, contradicted itself and looked back with nostalgia to the 1950’s. A new generation of graduate students started refusing mathematical methods and, in strong defiance of what it called ‘reason’, advocated personal contacts, ’empathy’ and socially ‘relevant’ issues: a ‘radical’ geography, often strongly colored by Christian ideology, appeared, at the antipodes — or so it seemed — of mathematical modelling. It seems as if a pendulum was endlessly moving from technology to mysticism and back, with little hope to break the vicious cycle.

Keywords

Migration Corn Europe Transportation Mold 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Marchand
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ParisSorbonneFrance

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