Critical Reflections on a Field in the Making

  • Christine Biermann
  • Stuart N. Lane
  • Rebecca Lave


This chapter examines Critical Physical Geography’s (CPG) pursuit of integrative and transformative research in a spirit of self-criticism and reflexivity. We question the distinctiveness of CPG, the values and politics embedded within it, and the risks and benefits of endeavoring to produce transformative research. Three overarching questions guide our discussion: (1) What, if anything, does CPG offer that is distinct? (2) Can engagement with the politics of knowledge production strengthen rather than undermine scientific inquiry? and (3) Can science be normative, and what are critical physical geographers trying to change?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Biermann
    • 1
  • Stuart N. Lane
    • 2
  • Rebecca Lave
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, Université de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of GeographyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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