Academic journal article Geography

By Northern Lights: On the Making of Geography in Sweden

Academic journal article Geography

By Northern Lights: On the Making of Geography in Sweden

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By Northern Lights: On the making of geography in Sweden Anne Buttimer and Tom Mels Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006 236pp, 15.5 x 23.5cm Hb: £55.00, ISBN 0-7546-4814-1

This is a wonderfully expressive history of a discipline in its context -geography in, not of, Sweden. Detailed narratives of the ideas and practices of Swedish geographers over time and the interactions of science and society since the beginnings of the Vasa nation in the sixteenth century unfold the story of Swedish geography, its thoughts and practices.

The ideas, practices and trends in the discipline are characterised by a common sequence from the 'phoenix moment' (breakthrough from what went before), to 'Faust development' (when the idea is structured and institutionalised) finally to the 'Narcissus time' (reflections on the consequences).

The interactions between science, society and the discipline are exemplified by the 1950s, when, in Sweden, as elsewhere, there was the separation of 'natur-'(physical) from 'kultur-'(human) geographies; the 1960s was a period of 'observation' geography, while the 1970s experienced a growth in spatial analysis geographies in a country where environment, state institutions and regional policy have long been linked with participation with the discipline. …

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