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Complex Locations: Women's Geographical Work in the UK by Avril Maddrell

By Avril Maddrell

This enlightening publication makes obvious the lives and works of ladies who performed a serious position within the improvement of geography as an instructional box.

  • A infrequent and certain research of the geographical paintings of 30 person girls geographers from 1850 to 1970
  • Includes oral histories from ladies who've held appointments in British universities seeing that international conflict II
  • Makes the paintings of girls geographers noticeable and demanding situations the concept of pre Seventies geography as an overwhelmingly masculine box
  • Makes an enormous contribution to debates concerning the theoretical and methodological framing of the historiography of geography

Chapter One placing ladies of their position: ladies within the Historiography of Geography (pages 1–26):
Chapter girls and British Geographical Societies: Medals, club, Inclusion and Exclusion (pages 27–59):
Chapter 3 Marion Newbigin and the Liminal position of the Geographical Editor: employed aid or Disciplinary Gatekeeper? (pages 60–79):
Chapter 4 ladies guests: inside of or open air the Canon? (pages 80–122):
Chapter 5 girls in Geographical schooling: call for for Geography lecturers and educating through instance (pages 123–151):
Chapter Six Diplomas, levels and Appointments: the 1st iteration of girls Geographers in Academia (pages 152–187):
Chapter Seven Fieldwork and warfare paintings: Interwar college Geographers (pages 188–230):
Chapter 8 The battle Years and instant Post?War interval (pages 231–268):
Chapter 9 college growth, Specialisation and Quantification: 1950?70 (pages 269–312):
Chapter Ten end: Mapping the ‘Hidden’ girls in British Geography 1900–70 (pages 313–339):

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If our sources are confined to the formal output of geographers, we have a limited perspective: ‘What he or she may write in books and journals yields an image of discrete knowledge products, but may yield little understanding of the intellectual processes unfolding within that person’s life’ (Buttimer 1983: 3). g. Cloke, Philo & Sadler 1991; Women and Geography Study Group 1997, 2004; Hubbard et al. 2004), echoing Freeman’s (1960) A Hundred Years of Geography which included an appendix of biographical sketches.

Anne Buttimer pioneered the use of autobiography in studying the intersection of individual lives and geographical thought and practice through the Dialogue Project conducted with Torsten Hägerstrand in Lund in the 1970s. Since then it has been used by the American Association of Geographers filmed interview series, Blunt’s (2005) exploration of the ‘hidden histories’ of Anglo-Indians, and much other qualitative work. Biographical studies within geography and geographical thought have also been developed by a number of geographers including Daniels and Nash’s (2004) discussion of the relationship between life histories and life geographies and Thomas’ (2004) study of Lady Curzon, where she stresses the synergy achieved between understanding a biographical subject in relation to friendship and family networks and wider social, economic and political networks or contexts.

Those opposing women’s fellowship of the RGS thereby discursively placed geographical knowledge as something to be found abroad rather than at home; placed geography squarely in the domain of masculine endeavour and employment; and notably excluded teachers from their constituency, a group which would include women and the lower middle classes. The reference to a ‘large number of ladies’ was also emotive, suggesting the Society would be flooded by women who would feminise the institution, which had to date in effect run as a gentleman’s club.

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