(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Science studies in physical geography : An idea whose time has come?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Brunel Univ., ROYAUME-UNI


The A. begins with an overview of work that argues for science studies in human geography, physical geography and the history of geology. He then discusses a series of science studies approaches that address different questions about the social worlds of science, the emerging of new scientific disciplines, the shaping of the practice of science by laboratory culture, the distinction between science and non-science, and the impact of scientific biographies on the "spirit of the age". Drawing on a biographical science studies approach, he examines key aspects of the life and work of the river scientist Luna Leopold (1915–2006). This then leads to a discussion of the geographical imagination, and particularly how this is grounded in the sociological imagination – where history and biography are entwined. In conclusion, the A. encourages to use science studies in research on the making and shaping of physical geography


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 36, no6 [pp. 786-812]

Bibliographic references : 7 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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