Title

Whither Critical Inquiry?

Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In his article, “Whither Geography?,” Jay R. Harman raised a number of important issues regarding the nature and direction of geographic scholarship. In this response I critically address some of those issues and offer an alternative perspective. In doing so, I support Harman's desire for the discipline to “help answer deep human questions” but argue that rather than reinforce the vitality and legitimacy of the discipline, a market-based approach of the sort he advocates could instead potentially undermine such objectives and compromise disciplinary integrity by discouraging critical inquiry. While acknowledging the influence of “the market,” I defend a place for critical inquiry within the discipline.

Publication Title

Professional Geographer

Volume

58

Issue

1

First Page

99

Last Page

103

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-9272.2006.00515.x

Version

pre-print, post-print with embargo

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