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Content Alert: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 37, Issue 4 (October 2012) is Available Online Now

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Volume 37, Issue 4 Pages 477– 657, October 2012

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Content Alert: New Articles (20th January 2012)

These Early View articles are now available on Wiley Online Library.

Original Articles

A tale of two teens: disciplinary boundaries and geographical opportunities in youth consumption and sustainability research
Rebecca Collins and Russell Hitchings
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01075.x

Critical distance: doing development education through international volunteering
Kristina Diprose
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01076.x

Lightness and weight: (re)reading urban potentialities through photographs
Cian O’Callaghan
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01078.x

Original Articles

A ‘new Foucault’ with lively implications – or ‘the crawfish advances sideways’
Chris Philo
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00484.x

Boundary Crossings

Assessing the significance of soil erosion
G S Bilotta, M Grove and S M Mudd
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00497.x

Geography & Security, Security & Geography

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. (c) 2011 Wikimedia.

Benjamin Sacks

Geography is one of academia’s oldest and most respected subjects. Yet, perhaps precisely because of its age and shifting priorities, the discipline has often been threatened with extinction or, at the very least, streamlined into a smaller field, open to the machinations of the sciences, anthropology, and sociology. Certainly, the field long ago lost its way in American higher education, relegated to a few institutions requiring geographic study for its broader mission of scientific research (e.g., the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College).

Dr Chris Philo (University of Glasgow), the chair of next year’s RGS-IBG Annual Conference, has chosen the theme of ‘security of geography/geography of security’. Introduced in the January 2012 edition of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Dr Philo described ‘this double-barrelled construction’ as necessary for understanding (and responding to) geography’s requirements for survival, as well as the international arena’s need for geography for its own survival (1).

This so-called “flipped” approach responds to the ever-fluid nature of geographic discourse. The study of the constantly-changing Earth, its lands and peoples, requires a degree flexibility that few other disciplines need. This, naturally, creates a series of problems unique to geography. For instance, as Dr Philo argues, should geography narrow its security scope to national defence interests, at the expense of broader concerns about the planet (2)? Too, will geography that focuses on international affairs ‘crowd out’ human geographers, who traditionally share more with their anthropological counterparts than diplomats (2-3)?

Geography’s strength – a web connecting sciences with social sciences and the humanities – is also its weakness. Dr Philo highlighted Dr Trevor Barnes’ (University of British Columbia) concerns that the field was being gradually jammed into ‘a single big “S” Science approach’, albeit to detriment of human, historical, and political geography (3-4). His general solution is to maintain geography’s inclusiveness as much as possible, a spirit that will hopefully find a variety of answers at the 2012 RGS-IBG Annual Conference.

Philo, Chris, ‘Security of Geography/Geography of Security‘, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers New Series 37.1 (January 2012): 1-7.

 ‘Trevor J Barnes‘, Department of Geography, the University of British Columbia, accessed 19 December 2011.

 

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Content Alert: Volume 37, Issue 1 (January 2012)

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Content Alert: New Articles (18th November 2011)

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Review Forum

Engaging global political ecologies

Response from the books’ editors
Richard Peet, Paul Robbins and Michael Watts
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01041.x

The political ecology of water scarcity and molecular biopolitics
Jairus Rossi
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01040.x

Going global in Global political ecology
Patrick Bigger
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01039.x

Capital’s margins and the political ecology of security
Jon Otto
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01038.x

Food, health and the body: the political ecology of sustainability
Michele Flippo Bolduc
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01037.x

Global natures: from utter failures to the possible
Brian Grabbatin and Patrick Bigger
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01036.x

Original Articles

Integrating knowledge and actions in disaster risk reduction: the contribution of participatory mapping
Jake Rom D Cadag and JC Gaillard
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01065.x

Transnational masculinities in situ: Singaporean husbands and their international marriage experiences
Yi’En Cheng
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01045.x

Review Essay

Geographical societies, academics and publics: reading Civic Discipline. Geography in America, 1860–1890
Ron Johnston
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00452.x

Boundary Crossings

Security of geography/geography of security
Chris Philo
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00488.x