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Complex Locations. Women's Geographical Work in the UK 1850–1970. RGS–IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2248954
  • Book
  • April 2009
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In this important volume, Avril Maddrell traces the often overlooked contributions of women to the study of geography, and illustrates how women played a significant role in the development of the field as an academic discipline. Exploring the careers of female geographers, including Mary Somerville, Gertrude Bell, Eva Taylor, Alice Garnett, Marjorie Sweeting and Anne Buttimer from 1850 to 1970, Maddrell delves into individual biographies that illuminate the evolving role of British women geographers with reference to women in European and American geography, other disciplines, and in the context of wider socioeconomic, political and educational developments.

Was geography ever an exclusively male domain? This research shows that it was not. However, by examining further the extent to which women were included or excluded both from the halls of academia, geographical societies and field research, we can consider the discipline′s power relations and their implications for women in geography today.

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List of Figures and Tables.



1. Putting Women in their Place: Women in the Historiography of Geography.

2. Women and British Geographical Societies: Medals, Membership, Inclusion and Exclusion.

3. Marion Newbigin and the Liminal Role of the Geographical Editor: Hired Help or Disciplinary Gatekeeper?

4. Women Travellers: Inside or Outside the Canon?

5. Women in Geographical Education: Demand for Geography Teachers and Teaching by Example.

6. Diplomas, Degrees and Appointments: The First Generation of Women Geographers in Academia.

7. Fieldwork and War Work: Interwar University Geographers.

8. The War Years and Immediate Post–War Period.

9. University Expansion, Specialisation and Quantification: 1950 70.

10. Conclusion: Mapping the Hidden Women in British Geography 1900 70.




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Avril Maddrell
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