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Title: Boundary spanning in social and cultural geography
Authors: Jons, Heike
Freytag, Tim
Keywords: Knowledge transfer
Boundary spanning
History of geography
German-language geography
English-language geography
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: JONS, H. and FREYTAG, T., 206. Boundary spanning in social and cultural geography. Social and Cultural Geography, 17(1), pp.1-22.
Abstract: This article situates interactions between German- and English-language social and cultural geographies since the mid-20th century within their wider intellectual, political and socioeconomic contexts. Based on case study examples, we outline main challenges of international knowledge transfer due to nationally and linguistically structured publication cultures, differing academic paradigms and varying promotion criteria. We argue that such transfer requires formal and informal platforms for academic debate, the commitment of boundary spanners and supportive peer groups. In German-language social and cultural geography, these three aspects induced a shift from a prevalent applied research tradition in the context of the modern welfare state towards a deeper engagement with Anglophone debates about poststructuralist approaches that have helped to critique the increase of neoliberal governance since the 1990s. Anglophone and especially British social and cultural geography, firmly grounded in poststructuralist and critical approaches since the 1980s, are increasingly pressurized through the neoliberal corporatization of the university to develop more applied features such as research impact and students’ employability.
Description: This paper is embargoed until 5th Aug 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2015.1126628
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19512
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2015.1126628
ISSN: 1470-1197
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