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Why Applied Geography?

  • John Fraser Hart
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 15)

Abstract

Geographers, like Robert Frost’s ants, are a curious race. As a group we are woefully insecure, and nothing binds us together more closely than the deep-seated conviction that we are not properly appreciated. So many members of our tribe complain so constantly about the failure of geographers to receive the respect they think we deserve that I once was tempted to wonder whether Herodotus (fifth century B.C.) might have been the first to complain about the poor public image of geography. Certainly he was not the last; Ronald F. Abler, in his presidential address to the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in 1987, felt moved to castigate ‘the incessant whining of geographers’ (Abler 1987, p. 515).

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Fraser Hart
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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