Taking sharp aim at complacent geography scholars, this irreverent book turns the world of academic geography upside down. The author, a foremost figure in the field, joins forces with his alter ego, the incorrigible Korski, to draw fire from his own personal and professional experience. No one knows better than they the stuffy censorship and skewed logic: that inform the geography establishment and stifle the valiant geographer—and they tell all.
With an unsparing eye, Geography Inside Out exposes a discipline soiled by cerebral litter and shamed by intellectual cowardice. Symanski shows no mercy for the pompous, the mediocre, or the hypocritical. And he reveals the devastating truth about a geographer blackballed for life for writing about prostitution and for his intellectual attack of a major figure within the discipline.
A shrewd look at high-profile geographers, this book sheds light on how geographers write and think. It also helps explain why geography “has long been seen as the poor and neglected sister of the social sciences.” Unprecedented in subject and scope, Geography Inside Out is certain to be as controversial as it is edifying.
Richard Symanski is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of several books, Blackhearts: Ecology in Outback Australia and Outback Rambling.
Series: Space, Place and Society
6 x 9, 304 pages