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Complex Locations. Women's Geographical Work in the UK 1850-1970. Edition No. 1. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 5227694
  • Book
  • April 2009
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This enlightening book makes visible the lives and works of women who played a critical role in the development of geography as an academic field.
  • A rare and detailed analysis of the geographical work of 30 individual women geographers from 1850 to 1970
  • Includes oral histories from women who have held appointments in British universities since World War II
  • Makes the work of women geographers visible and challenges the notion of pre 1970s geography as an overwhelmingly masculine field
  • Makes an important contribution to debates about the theoretical and methodological framing of the historiography of geography
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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 University of the West of England, UK.
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